Ledee has performed well, courthouse observers say. He has the brains, experience and temperament to handle the cases that come before him in the Unified Family Division. Further, as a Hispanic jurist, he provides
Ledee says he’s fluent in English, French, Spanish and Creole. That’s an appealing skill in a county with a majority-minority population.
A resident of
His opponents are
After Destry’s defeat, the commission formerly charged him, accusing him of creating “the appearance of a quid pro quo” by meeting with a campaign supporter about a pending criminal case outside the presence of the attorneys involved. He resigned in October of that year, 11 weeks before the end of his term. Once he resigned, the commission dropped its charges.
Destry did not return the Sun Sentinel’s candidate questionnaire, nor did he participate in the joint candidate interview conducted by members of this Editorial Board. He has not communicated with the newspaper about his candidacy.
Chaiken-Weiss is a lifelong resident of
She also said she entered the race because she wants to make sure that Destry doesn’t get elected again.
Ledee compiled an impressive resume before becoming a judge. For more than 20 years, he was an assistant state attorney in
He spent much of his time in that office prosecuting people accused of murder, racketeering, child abuse and drug dealing. At the end of his time there, he served as chief of the gang-prosecution and gun-violence units.
In 2017 he was among six attorneys who were interviewed by the
Ledee has deep roots in
Ledee said the three greatest challenges facing Broward’s judicial system are: building trust with citizens; improving courtroom communication in an increasingly diverse county; and recognizing that many people who end up before a judge have mental health issues.
“Time” is the most valuable thing he can provide the people who appear before him. “I pride myself on being accessible, fair and open to contrasting viewpoints.”
Chaiken-Weiss is a senior associate attorney for
She said she would be able to relate to people who find themselves in front of a judge. “In light of my financial struggles, I can relate to those that are not financially well off,” she said.
Chaiken-Weiss said she has not been endorsed by any organizations. She has
Destry loaned his campaign
Ledee said he has been endorsed by the
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