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Christian Family Coalition endorses five candidates for Miami-Dade Circuit, County judge

The Christian Family Coalition has issued the following first round of endorsements for the Aug. 26 election:

cfcChristian Family Coalition Florida is pleased to announce its recommendations in judicial races in the upcoming elections.

These candidates will win and together we will move South Florida forward in 2015:

Jacqueline Schwartz
for County Court Judge in Group 19
Vote Tuesday, August 26

Judge Schwartz has served this community since 2002. Judge Schwartz’s assignments have varied and she has presided in all areas that county court has to offer including general criminal and civil litigation, trial work, personal injury protection cases, small claim matters, domestic violence, landlord/tenant actions, divorces, marriages and civil infractions.

Rodney "Rod" Smith
for 11th Circuit Court Judge, Group 26
Vote Tuesday, August 26

In May 2008, then-Florida Governor Charlie Crist appointed Judge Rodney Smith to the Miami-Dade County Court bench.  Judge Smith has presided over criminal, civil, and domestic violence cases at the South Dade Justice Center, Hialeah Branch Courthouse, North Dade Justice Center, and Miami Beach Courthouse.  Judge Smith was subsequently retained to the County Court bench in 2010, without any opposition.  Florida Governor Rick Scott elevated Judge Smith to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in June 2012, where he currently presides.

Victoria Ferrer
for Miami-Dade County Court Judge

Victoria Ferrer is a litigation attorney who, if elected, will serve as County Court Judge with fairness and compassion under the rule of law. Victoria will be an honest, impartial and hard-working judge for our Miami-Dade County Court. Victoria was born in New York and raised in Miami-Dade Florida since the age of 9 years old. She is a wife and mother of three. Her children range in age of 11, 8 and 3 years of age. Victoria completed her undergraduate studies at FIU, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Political Science and Journalism and Mass Communications, and earned a minor in Advertising. She obtained her Law Degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2005. Victoria obtained her license as a Florida Real Estate Agent in 1994 and has been working and serving the community in real estate sales for over 20 years. She also obtained her license as a Florida Supreme Court County Court Mediator.

Stephen Millan
for Circuit Judge
Vote Tuesday, August 26

Stephen was born on April 30, 1966 and raised in New York City and Long Island, New York. He is happily married to Hortensia Maxwell for the past 19 years and has five sons: Stephen 17 years old; Anthony 16 years old; Michael 14 years old; Andrew 12 years old; and Joseph 10 years old.His service to this community began with his legal career in 1990 at the State Attorney’s Office. While in County Court, he was appointed to the Domestic Violence Pilot Project which served as the pre-cursor for the Domestic Violence courts. Subsequently, he served in the Juvenile Division for a year. In 1992, he was assigned to the Felony Division followed by assignments to the Narcotics Unit and the Career Criminal/Robbery Unit where he served through 1997. Since the summer of 1997, he worked as a solo practitioner and primarily concentrated in immigration, criminal defense and bankruptcy. He also practices in the areas of family law, probate and general civil litigation. This experience has allowed Stephen to practice in administrative and courtroom proceedings in state and federal court. He has tried bench and jury trials in the civil and criminal arena. His legal experience provides him with the understanding of the workings of the legal system from both sides. This has made him sensitive to the needs and concerns of the victims, defendants, witnesses, and police officers. Stephen has had to manage a diverse and varied practice while at the same time volunteering in the community and being an active father of five children and a supportive husband.

Mary Gomez
for Miami-dade County Circuit Court Judge
Vote Tuesday, August 26

Mary C. Gomez is the daughter of Cuban immigrants.  Mary was born in Bronx, New York to hardship and economic struggle.  Her parents relocated to Hialeah, Florida when Mary was 5 years old.  Her parents worked multiple jobs in a factory and as janitors to give her a good education and instill in her an honest work ethic. Throughout college Mary worked full time in a law firm, first as a receptionist and then a legal secretary. In law school Mary worked as a Law Clerk, her second and third year. Mary’s life and professional experience have molded her into a compassionate, fair and ethical legal professional.


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I am voting for their opponents. This so-called "Christian Family Coalition" is very backward, intolerant, and anti-gay. No candidates should be seeking their endorsements to begin with in my view.

I am voting for these people. No one should cater only to the Gay Crowd who are very backward and intolerant. If you do not do as they say you are labeled a hater or worse.

The "Religious Right" is rapidly losing the battle in our great country regarding issues involving assuring human rights, equality, and fairness for gay people. They are on the wrong side of history and simply wrong. They try to hide their intolerance, backwardness, and prejudice, but many people can see through this. I beseech the un-Christian, so-called "Christian Family Coalition" to stop using the name of Christ to try to justify their prejudice. Christ never said a word about homosexuality. He was about peace, love, and fairness, not about ugly prejudice. No wonder so many young people don't go to church today. They associate churches with backwardness, intolerance, and prejudice. Luckily, there are a number of gay-friendly religious organizations such as Unity, the Unitarian Universalists, the United Church of Christ, the Episcopalians, etc. I would urge young people to give these religious organizations a try.

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1)

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