9th Circuit Judge, Group 34
In the race for 9th Circuit Judge, Group 34 Circuit Judge Michael Kraynick is being challenged by Orlando attorney Amrita Singh.
- Video: Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board Interview with Both Candidates (26:07)
- 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)
Michael Kraynick (Incumbent) - Winner (59%)
Michael Kraynick was appointed to this seat in 2019 by Governor Ron DeSantis. When he practiced law, his specialties included complex business and construction litigation. He was in court about once a week. He coaches mock trial programs and teaches a course on the basics of trial advocacy. He believes he should be re-elected because he is hardworking and fair. He points to the case backlog that the pandemic created, saying his experience as a judge is valuable. He feels it is important to not just rule on a case, but to explain why he has made his decision. His initial appointment to the bench was controversial because he lived outside county lines. I have found no reports that he was involved in the irregularity. He relocated with his family within county boundaries.
- Video and Q&A: Candidate — Interview for ESR Hob Nob | Oviedo Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce (Video 14:56)
- Video: Breakfast Connections with Judge Michael S. Kraynick, Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce (101:09 - Kraynick speaks 21:00-53:00)
- Video (bad connection): Words from Behind the Desk Interview (46:04)
- Video: i-Talk with The Honorable Michael S. Kraynick, IACC Orlando (34:48)
Cases in the News
- Judges denies Central Florida intersex woman’s petition for gender marker change | Wesh 2 | March 2020
- Class Project: A Gender Change Petition | UCF Today | January 2020
Amrita Singh (Challenger)
Amrita Singh, a first generation American, currently works for the State Department of Business & Professional Regulation as Deputy Director of Real Estate. Previously, she had a private practice that specialized in Real Estate law. She believes she is best suited for the seat because of her desire to give back to her community. There is a complaint against her that she ran a "sham" charity that was used to finance the political campaign of her father (current Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh). She has denied the allegation.