Pasco county judge group 4, michael p. wilson v. scott s. tremblay v. debra roberts electricity vs gas heating costs

Roberts, 63, has been a judge in Pasco County since 2002. The Sanford native started her career as a social worker and went to law school with the hope of becoming a legislator. But a statehouse internship turned her off to politics. Instead, she became an assistant general counsel with the Department of Business Regulation in Tallahassee and then, later, an attorney in the administrative office of the Florida Supreme Court. She moved to Pasco County 21 years ago to serve as the 6th Circuit court counsel, where she was also a hearing officer, before landing on the bench.

"Everything I do, I do in terms of how I can impact the person, or the public in general," Roberts said. During sentencing, she said, she considers how she can punish someone who’s been convicted of a crime, how she can help them, how she can deter that individual and the public at large from committing the same crime, and how she can deliver restitution to any victims. "That’s the only platform I have," she said. "To do my job, and to do it with integrity."

"Just what I just told you. How can I punish this person if they keep coming back and repeatedly commit this offense? How can I deter them from doing this in the future? How can I help any victims? How can I help them? I’m going to continue to do what I’ve been doing. I’m going to continue to ask questions. I can tell you, if I get elected, I will not be a rubber stamp on all deals. That is not me. That is not going to happen."

Tremblay, 39, said it was risky to go to law school because neither he nor his family had much money. He did it, though, because he wanted to better himself and help the community. "I’ve never been able to help people more than I have with a law degree," he said. A Brandon native, Tremblay worked as an assistant state attorney in Pasco County for four years before opening his private practice in 2007. As a private attorney, Tremblay’s practice includes criminal and traffic defense, family law, personal injury and some wills and trusts and estate planning.

"I chose to run because my diverse legal experience, understanding of evidence and procedure, and calm temperament, which make me the most qualified candidate for this seat. This position would give me the opportunity to serve the community that has served my family and I for the last 13 years. My family cares deeply about the future of Pasco County and wants to do everything we can to see it move in the right direction."

"Hold convicted criminals strictly accountable for their actions," he said. "Show dignity and respect to each and every person that comes into the courtroom and NEVER intentionally humiliate those who have matters before me. Maintain an efficient courtroom that shows regard for everyone’s time."

"I am the most qualified candidate because: A) I possess the most experience handling complex litigation. From prosecuting serial killers, to mediating child custody, to litigating complex financial fraud cases, I have practiced in a multitude of legal areas and in different jurisdictions. No other candidate in this race has my level of litigation experience. B) Patience is my best virtue, and I will always maintain a calm demeanor and practice the utmost civility and honor on and off the bench. C) As a Tampa Bay native, I understand this community and the importance of properly administering justice."

Wilson, 38, says his varied experience would be an asset on the bench. He taught for a year in Pinellas County before attending law school. After he graduated, Wilson, of Clearwater, opened a law firm with his sister, which folded five years later. He then joined the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the Army Reserve, where he has served as an officer for six years. He’s also been with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for more than three years, where he started as a patrol deputy and was promoted to professional standards detective.

"I want to take my commitment to public service to the next level and serve the citizens of Pasco County from the bench. I’m confident that my diverse legal background as a private attorney and law enforcement officer will bring a unique, valuable and balanced perspective to the bench. My continued service as a captain in the United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps will always govern my professional bearing and demeanor toward all citizens and advocates inside the courtroom."

"My judicial philosophy will be one of judicial restraint and strict constructionism. I do not believe the bench is the proper conduit for social and political change. I take an originalist approach when interpreting the United States and Florida constitutions, and textualist approach when interpreting statutory law."

"I. To always apply the rule of law as written. II. To fairly and impartially administer justice from the bench. III. To facilitate and maintain an orderly, professional and efficient courtroom. IV. To communicate with all advocates, court personnel and citizens with the appropriate level of professionalism and bearing expected from a member of the judiciary."

"I am the most legally diverse candidate in this race. I have advocated for citizens and their constitutional rights inside the courtroom, and I have investigated, handcuffed and arrested criminal suspects and taken them to jail. I currently preserve and protect the integrity and professionalism emblematic of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office badge and shield by investigating allegations of misconduct brought against its certified and non-certified members. My primary assignment as a JAG attorney in the Army Reserve is to represent victims of sexual assault throughout the entire military justice process up to, and including, court martial. I also practice a diverse field of law as a JAG embedded within a high-tempo Staff Judge Advocate Office at the two-star command level. I am a dedicated public servant through and through on both the local and national level."