Kim Hernandez Vance files as candidate for Hillsborough Circuit Court judge

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Today, Tampa attorney Kim Hernandez Vance announced she will run for Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Group 19 in 2014.

Vance, an attorney and shareholder in the Tampa office of the Gray& Robinson law firm, filed for candidacy for the seat currently held by retiring ChiefJudge Manuel Menendez, Jr. She is a commercial litigation attorney and a Certified Public Accountant.

Vance, 52, is a second-generation Tampa native, a 1997 graduate of Stetson University College of Law, was well as a degree in accounting from the University of WestFlorida. Her legal specialty is creditors’ rights, property rights, banking regulation and foreclosures.

Vance previously ran in 2004 for the Group 10 bench of the Hillsborough County Circuit Court, where she lost to Charlotte Anderson.

County judges serve for six years on a nonpartisan basis. They typically hear traffic offenses, misdemeanor criminal cases and civil suits concerning less than $15,000.

Vance is a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Tampa, the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Tampa Bay Regional PlanningCouncil. She is the great-granddaughter of Casimiro Hernandez, founder of the Columbia Restaurant, the historic Ybor City landmark

Vance lives in Tampa with her husband John and two sons, Chase and Brett.

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