9th Circuit Judge, Group 1
The race for 9th Circuit Judge, Group 1 has two attorneys competing for the seat. There is no incumbent defending this seat.
- Video: Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board Interview with Both Candidates (31:06)
- Video: Group Forum, 9th Circuit Candidates, League of Women Voters Orange County Part I (53:10) and Part II (7:48)
- Video: Group Forum, 9th Circuit Candidates, Greater Orlando Asian Bar Association (1:44:26)
Rhiannon Arnold has a civil and criminal practice background. She was previously a public defender. She says she is in the courtroom nearly every day. She believes she is qualified because of her courtroom experience and her ability to see the court from different perspectives. Both candidates have an arrest record. Arnold received a notice to appear when she was 18 years old for a the misdemeanor offense (fraudulent college ID). She was also arrested in 2009. The charges were dropped. She then filed a civil suit, which resulted in a ruling that the police department had to change their training policy. Arnold has never run for office before.
- Video and Q&A: Candidate Rhiannon Arnold Interview for ESR Hob Nob | Oviedo Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce (14:58)
Mikaela Nix - Winner (54%)
Nix specializes in Family Law. She believes she is qualified because Family Law is the majority of cases in Circuit Court. She also says her specialty has allowed her to act as a neutral mediator and to touch upon other types of law specialties, such as: domestic violence, probate, criminal, civil, juvenile, and guardianship. She says she is in the courtroom at least 3 times per week. Both candidates have an arrest record. Nix was arrested for petty theft when she was 19 years old. The charges were dropped. Nix previously ran for a vacant House District 47 seat. She says that the common factor in both of her runs for office is a desire to serve the community.