We’d heard wind that state Rep. Ari Porth has doubled back on his proposed bid to run against embattled and investigated Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter.
Today Porth confirmed to Local 10 that he was abandoning his idea to challenge Ritter. Instead he wants to be a judge and will vie for the seat on the bench being vacated by outgoing Chief Broward Judge Victor Tobin. Here’s the email Porth, who works as a truancy prosecutor, wrote me today after being asked about it:
Mr. Norman,As promised, I wanted to keep you in the loop. Last night, the Florida Bar posted on it’s website @ flabar.org that Judge Tobin’s seat is open for appointment. I have decided to apply for that circuit seat.My focus at the State Attorney’s Office over the last 15 years and in the Legislature over the last 7 has been on helping at risk youth. Continuing to work with that population on the delinquency or dependency bench has been desire of mine for many years, and I hope to be positively considered by the members of the nominating commission and the Governor should my name be recommended.All the best,Ari
Well, with this announcement, the world of Broward politics just got a lot less interesting. But you can bet Ritter — who has already filed to run for reelection — will be happy about it.
— Any moment now this mess of a blog — with its double scroll bars and jumpless monothilic page — will come to an end. In its place will be a new blog homepage that will have links to the ten most recent blog posts with a flash drive highlighting each one with a click. It’s a huge vast improvement — and those of you who are going to the WordPress version of the blog, it will die a quiet and welcome death. This is a good thing but there may be a couple of hiccups along the way. There is one clear downside: The comments made so far on this format will disappear. For that I apologize, but the new format is so much better that it’s more than worth it. If there are any classics you think must be preserved for posterity, and I know of a few myself, please copy them now.