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Voters In Broward Cast Ballots For State Attorney, Public Defender, Clerk

Mailers that voters in Broward County received ahead of the Aug. 18 election.
Caitie Switalski
Mailers that voters in Broward County received ahead of the Aug. 18 election.

Black candidates take top offices in Broward County.

This story was updated with additional information at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday.

From the Clerk of Courts to the role of State Attorney, voter voted in Black candidates to the county's top criminal justice offices.

In several crowded races Broward County's criminal justice system is on track for a large shakeup.

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Gordon Weekes won more than 48 percent of the vote for public defender, defeating two challengers for the job. He's served under outgoing, longtime, public defender Howard Finkelstein. He has one write-in candidate listed with the state for the General Election, Brion Ross.

In the race for top prosecutor, Harold Pryor, a former assistant state attorney, took home the most votes for state attorney, with just over 21 percent of the vote. Progressive candidate Joe Kimok, whose campaign gained lots of publicity due to endorsements from singer John Legend and Sen. Bernie Sanders, wasn't far behind with 19 percent of the vote.

Pryor will face Republican challenger Gregg Rossman and Independent Sheila Alu in the Nov. 3 general election, but is favored to win given Broward County's largely Democratic makeup.

Incumbent Brenda Forman will keep her job as Clerk of Courts. She took home more than 44 percent of the vote Tuesday.

Caitie Muñoz, formerly Switalski, leads the WLRN Newsroom as Director of Daily News & Original Live Programming. Previously she reported on news and stories concerning quality of life in Broward County and its municipalities for WLRN News.
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