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Judge Nash Earns 99% Approval Rating in Bar Poll

Judge Chris Nash Former LeavenLaw Partner and current sitting Thirteenth Judicial Circuit County Judge, Chris Nash, recently received what is believed to be the highest overall approval rating from practicing attorneys in the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA), both in terms of percentages and absolute overall votes.

Judge Nash was appointed to the Judicial Bench in June 2013 by Governor Rick Scott.  Due to the timing of his appointment, however, Judge Nash must seek election and is being opposed by attorney Norman Cannella, Jr.  In his campaign, Judge Nash has procured the endorsements of almost all of the major Tampa Bay organizations that weigh in on such races, including but not limited to, David Gee, Hillsborough County Sheriff and Julianne M. Holt, Public Defender of Hillsborough County, along with many Public Safety and Labor Organizations including Tampa Fire Fighters Union and West Central Florida Federation of Labor. What is perhaps most impressive, however, is the approval rating he garners from those in the profession and practicing before him.

Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) Judicial Poll

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Judge Nash garnered 426 votes of Approval, with 333 for “Highly Approve” and only 4 for “Do not approve,” the highest and lowest in each respective category of all candidates.  "I am excited to have the support and confidence of so many members of the Hillsborough County Bar," said Judge Nash when questioned about the polling results. "I hope to keep up this momentum through Election Day on August 26th." 

Judge Nash's opponent, attorney Cannella, finished 11th out of the 12 judicial candidates evaluated by the HCBA, and received more votes disapproving of his efforts than approving.  The election is August 26, 2014.  Judge Nash appreciates all Hillsborough County voters support on Election Day.  Please contribute to Judge Nash's campaign efforts at