If there is one set of elections which the local newspaper has (almost undue) influence on, it’s in judicial races. Because so many people are motivated to vote by the top of the ticket and know so little about the down-ballot candidates, an enthusiastic endorsement from the Tampa Bay Times can make all the difference in a campaign for the local bench.
Fortunately, the Times has made the right decision and endorsed Cathy McKyton for an open seat on the bench in Pinellas County.
McKyton, 44, is extraordinarily well-qualified for the county bench. She has spent the last eight years prosecuting complex, multijurisdictional white-collar crime as an assistant statewide prosecutor, and before that was she was an assistant state attorney for Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe.
Scott Andringa, 43, is a sole practitioner focused on criminal defense work, whose father, Pinellas County Judge Henry Andringa, is retiring from the seat that he seeks.
McKyton’s professional accomplishments and solid reputation within the legal community give her the edge.
I couldn’t agree more with this endorsement. Andringa is a capable attorney, but McKyton is as well and is, by all accounts, just a tremendous person.