BY BUDDY NEVINS
A candidate in North Florida who got elected unopposed Friday had a big Broward connection.
Stacy Scott, the public defender in the 8th Judicial Circuit, which is centered in Gainesville, won her first election without facing an opponent.
Scott his the daughter of former state Senator and County Commissioner Jim Scott of Fort Lauderdale. He held office continuously from 1976 to 2006.
Stacy grew up in Fort Lauderdale.
I wrote the linked story when she was appointed public defender in November 2010.
Unlike her father who is a steadfast Republican and runs the most influential GOP law firm in Fort Lauderdale, Stacy is a Democrat
And things are different in the 8th Judicial Circuit: Scott only raised $10,558. The circuit covers six counties – Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union.
In comparison, Broward’s Howard Finkelstein also got elected without an opponent on Friday after raising $19,025.
In her meager financial report are $500 from her father, $500 from her father’s law firm, Tripp Scott, $250 from her father’s law firm managing partner Ed Pozzuoli and $500 from local lobbyist Billy Rubin.
The election was the second notable thing that happened to Stacy last week.
She was also appointed to Gov. Rick Scott’s newly-formed 17-member task force that will look into concerns stemming from the Trayvon Martin case. The panel will be examining not only Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law, but all aspect of public safety and personal protection.