BY BUDDY NEVINS
Lawyer Rhoda Sokoloff might want to reconsider yet another race for judge.
At least reconsider running for Broward Circuit Court Group 18.
Sokoloff opened a campaign financial account for Group 18 on May 30 amid rumors that incumbent Circuit Court Judge Patti Henning, who has held that seat for decades, was about to retire.
Henning is not going anywhere. She opened her re-election campaign account on Monday.
Apparently Sokoloff started her campaign without bothering to ask Henning if the retirement rumors were true, sources say.
Now Sokoloff must either switch races….or run against one of the more popular and experienced judges in the courthouse.
Henning, who was first elected in 1984, has a politically savvy and well known sister — former County Commissioner and Broward tourism chief Nikki Grossman. Her brother-in-law is Circuit Judge Mel Grossman.
Her late husband, Jon Henning, was involved in politics, too. Jon Henning was the city attorney of Sunrise, Tamarac and Golden Beach at various times.
Politics and the law are in Henning’s blood. Her father, Malvin Englander, was vice mayor of Miami Beach in the ’50s until 1969, and also served as a justice of the peace, coroner, and small claims judge
This would be the third race for Sokoloff. She lost a 2010 campaign and got 23.1 percent of the vote in a three-way race for judge in 2012.