Candidate Forum for State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit

Published Friday, July 20, 2018


Candidate Forum for State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit
(Front seated) Michaelon Wright, Pat Hagedorn;
(Back, L-R) Sharon Hemmer Maria Lamb, State Attorney Candidate Amira Fox, Litha Berger 
A Candidate Forum for State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit was held at the Tiburon Golf and Country Club on July 13th.  It was sponsored by the Womens Republican Club of Naples Federated. Members of the Caxambas Republican Club were present to hear the candidates’ platform.
The forum was moderated by Oliver Redsten – a political reporter for WINK News.
Oliver has covered everything from natural disasters to cyber security and interviewed elected officials ranging from small town mayors to U.S. Senators. 
Panel Photo
Steve Russell, the current State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit is retiring after 16 years. The 20th Judicial Circuit serves the Counties of Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and Lee County.
Candidate Amira Fox is currently the Chief Assistant State Attorney for the 20thJudicial Circuit of Florida. She was also the former Chair of the 20thJudicial Circuit Grievance Committee. She oversees a team of 300 staff members including 120 Assistant State Attorneys. Fox is an experienced trial attorney who has tried hundreds of cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies to first degree death penalty murder cases in all five counties.  Most recently she conducted the death penalty proceedings against Mesac Damas in Collier County which resulted in six death sentences for the murders of his wife and five 
Amira Fox
Candidate Chris Crowley is a solo practitioner of Crowley Law firm.  He was a former Assistant Attorney for the 20thJudicial Circuit, Lee County Division. Chris is an experienced former felony prosecutor who tried dozens of criminal cases and negotiated thousands of plea agreements in the Florida Court System.  He is an army Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve Judge Advocate Corps.  He serves as a board member on the local Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). In 2008 and 2013 Crowley was named a member of the “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine.
Chris Crowley
SAVE THE DATE: August 10th:  Guest Speaker will be Congressman Francis Rooney. Sponsored by the Women’s Republican Club of Naples Federated, Tiburon Golf and Country Club.  A carpool will leave Marco Island – if interested, please contact Litha Berger at 954-594-4990
Maria Lamb & Congressman Francis Rooney
Photos by John Fernandez & Maria Lamb