18th Circuit Judge, Group 18
The race for 18th Circuit Judge, Group 18 has two lawyers competing for the seat. There is no incumbent defending this seat.
- Video: Michael Peacock: Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board Interview (17:05)
- Video: Steve Henderson: Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board Interview (16:20)
- Q&A: Vote411 Voter Guide
- Video: Group Forum, 18th Circuit Candidates, League of Women Voters Seminole County (90:00)
Steve Henderson - Winner (74%)
Steve Henderson started his career in international trade. After getting his law degree, he began working in the public defender's office. Eventually, he started a private practice where he deals with criminal and civil cases. He is in the courtroom almost daily. He says he is running to get back into public service. He considers a good judge to include a combination of a good temperament, broad legal experience (especially jury trials), and life experience. He was inspired to pursue a career in law because he was struck that in the case of Rodney King, one verdict in a state court could impact so many people.
- Video and Q&A: Candidate Steve Henderson Interview for ESR Hob Nob | Oviedo Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce (Video 13:39)
- Q&A: One Senior Place
Michael Peacock started his career specializing in personal injury litigation. First he defended insurance companies and he later defended individuals. Currently, he runs a private practice where he focuses on civil litigation. He doesn't have experience in criminal law, but he stressed that criminal and civil law are very similar and that he has been in front of many judges. He got his law degree because has always been interested in the law, and he enjoys his time in the courtroom. To him, a good judge listens, is professional, polite, and humble.