Government and politics

Prosecutors drop criminal charges against prominent real estate agents; related civil lawsuits settled

The State Attorney’s office has dropped its criminal investigation of  employees of a prominent commercial real estate firm whose offices were stormed by an armed SWAT team last year.  Around the same time prosecutors abandoned their criminal case, on Nov. 1, at least three related civil lawsuits and countersuits in …

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See who won Florida’s 2022 Circuit 8 judge seat runoff

Sean Brewer beat AuBroncee Martin in the race for the 8th Judicial Circuit civil judge slot with 67% of the vote. Brewer raised around $140,000 while Martin raised around $37,000. Each candidate had the goal “to continue to serve justice, fairness and equality to the people.” Current Judge Monica J. …

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Alford reclaims Alachua County Commision seat for District One

In a matchup between familiar foes, Democrat Mary Alford defeated Republican Raemi Eagle-Glenn to reclaim her position as the Alachua County commissioner for district one. Unofficial vote totals from the supervisor of elections on Tuesday showed Alford holding a victory margin of more than 15%. Formerly an environmental engineer before …

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See who won Florida’s 2022 state House and Senate seats

Florida House Yvonne Hayes Hinson vs. Hollye Merton Winning close to two-thirds of the vote, Yvonne Hayes Hinson glided into her second term as a state House representative, this time for District 21. In keeping incumbent Yvonne Hayes Hinson, a majority of voters chose to advocate for more liberal policies, …

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