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Daniel W. Perry Esq.

Daniel W. Perry, Esq. · 407-894-9003 · Contact by email

The Hon. Belvin Perry, Jr.


Do you remember what the Orange-Osceola court system was like 17 years ago? About forty-five judges were spread among multiple buildings in downtown Orlando, and Osceola County got by with just five jurists. There was no complex business litigation division, no domestic violence division, no VOP division, no teen court or even high-tech courtroom. There was no central receiving center to help people with mental illness or substance abuse disorders. There weren't any supervised visitation centers nor was there any sanction to read programs. There wasn't even any court website.

In my fifteen years as chief judge, I have led this system through many milestones as it has expanded to sixty-five judges and 500,000 cases a year. My leadership is proven the tangible results you see daily . . . improved public access, new technologies and efficient, highly professional judicial system. From the budget battles I fight in Tallahassee today to the individual cases I handle, you've had an experienced, knowledgeable judge whose driving force is devotion to public service and justice.

I ask for your support in returning me to the bench where I can continue to serve – according to the words of Justice Barbara Pariente in several opinions – as "one of the most experienced jurists in the state."

Born in Orlando, I am the son of a public school teacher and one of Orlando's two African American police officers. I quickly rose through the ranks at the State Attorney's Office, concluding service as chief assistant in 1989. I became the first African American to be elected judge without first being appointed.

Aside from the thousands of cases I've handled, I have been appointed to many important Florida Supreme Court committees and statewide leadership roles, including current service as chair of the Florida Innocence Commission, Executive Committee of the Trial Court Budget Committee, and member of the Supreme Court Steering Committee.

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The Hon. Belvin Perry, Jr. · 407-836-2009 · Contact by email

The Hon. Antoinette D. Plogstedt


Judge Antoinette DiPalma Plogstedt was elected Orange County Judge in 2000 and re-elected without opposition in 2006. She has been a member of The Florida Bar for almost 22 years in Orlando. Judge Plogstedt has served as Judge for almost 12 years in both criminal and civil divisions. Her campaign website is located at www.Plog2012.com.

Judge Plogstedt began her legal as a Prosecutor in Orange County. She prosecuted crimes including domestic violence, DUI, and drug offenses. She later served as a Guardian Ad Litem representing sexually and physically abused children. She received the Legal Aid’s Award of Excellence

Judge Plogstedt is endorsed by 22 past Orange County Bar Presidents in her re-election. She is a former Secretary of the Orange County Bar and a Young Lawyers’ Section Board Member. As an attorney, she was AV-Rated.

Judge Plogstedt served as Chair of the Orange County Elections Canvassing Board in 2010-2011. She is a Mentor Judge to new judges. She has chaired the Juror Innovations Committee improving the Court experience for Jurors.

Judge Plogstedt has been active in the Orange Bar’s Law Week by co-chairing the Day in the Life of a Judge project for the Parramore Kidz Zone and Hope Community Center children. She has been active in the development of Leadership Law

She graduated in 1987 from the University of Tampa with a B.S., cum laude, in Marketing and a Minor in Business Administration. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1990, where she served on the Moot Court Board.

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The Hon. Antoinette Plogstedt · 407-902-5226 · Contact by email