Herald recommends: Miami-Dade Circuit Court Group 26


Judge Rodney Smith, 39, is the incumbent in this race — and voters should keep it that way. He has brought a wealth of experience to his courtroom, all of which makes him eminently qualified for the job. He was appointed to Miami-Dade’s County Court in 2008 by then-Gov. Charlie Crist and later elected to the seat unopposed. At 33, he was one of the youngest judges in the state. In 2012, after choosing to put himself through the grueling Judicial Nominating Commission process — a voluntary act that speaks well of most candidates — Gov. Rick Scott elevated him to the circuit bench.

Before joining the bench, Judge Smith was senior assistant city attorney for Miami Beach, an assistant state attorney and worked in private practice.

Judge Smith is being challenged by attorney Christian Carrazana, a native of Newark, N.J. Though he says that he has 14 years’ experience in civil litigation, he brings a rather flimsy résumé to the race, as were his answers to the Herald’s questionnaire. Where Judge Smith lists a deep reserve of civic involvement — from 5000 Role Models of Excellence to bar associations and the Boy Scouts, Mr. Carrazana lists nothing. His other responses are almost as unrevealing.

Judge Smith, a native of Miami, credits strong family values and scouting — he’s an Eagle Scout — for the sense of fairness with which he gives everyone their day in court.

For Group 26, the Miami Herald recommends RODNEY ‘ROD’ SMITH.

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