Barbra Hobbs trounced opponent Josephina Tamayo to win the seat for judge for circuit two. Some politics came into play in the race for what’s generally not seen as a political seat.
After a close primary race between Barbara Hobbs and incumbent Josephina Tamayo, the candidates stepped up their campaigning. And Tamayo got a little outside help in the form of an endorsement from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Tamayo called the endorsement support from a friend.
“Pam Bondi is a personal friend of mine and any judge would feel honored to have the attorney general, support them," Tamayo said.
But some raised questions about a judicial candidate getting such public help from a partisan heavy hitter. Though Hobbs points out she was able to take the seat anyway.
“No, I didn’t have Pam Bondi’s backing. I didn’t think it was necessary to go out and get a backing like that at that level and that partisanship," Hobbs said.
Hobbs says she’s looking forward to her new job and plans to start by befriending some of the more senior judges to help make the transition as smooth as possible.