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Friday, August 13, 2010

Meet the Candidate: Mike Reiter, Circuit Judge 14TH Judicial Circuit Group 2

Navy SEAL, Sailor, Pilot, Electrician, attorney and lifelong learner, Mike Reiter is a dedicated citizen and patriot who has answered his nation’s call to duty and his community’s call to service.

Mike joined the Navy after high school and spent his first enlistment as a shipboard electrician. Upon his second reenlistment, Mike completed UDT/SEAL training and joined the elite UDT/SEAL Teams. He attended college during his off-duty hours earning his Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

In 1983, Mike received his commission after graduating from the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, serving as the class Commander of Second Battalion. Several years and deployments later, Mike returned to the Panhandle becoming an Instructor Pilot at the Whiting Field ITU in Milton, teaching student aviators and instructor pilots. Mike is a Gulf War veteran and received, among other awards, a Naval Commendation Medal and two Navy Achievement Medals. He is also a 1993 graduate of the Air Force’s prestigious Air Command and Staff College.

Mike retired after twenty one years of service in 1994. He then attended Florida State University earning both a Juris Doctor and a Masters of Public Administration. He has worked as an attorney for Legal Services of North Florida, a Senior Attorney for the Department of Children and Families, and now owns his own practice helping people with financial difficulty. Additionally, he served three years as the town attorney of Greensboro in Gadsden County. Mike has had over 80 trials in Civil, Family, Criminal, and Dependency areas of law and he is a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator.

As a result of his free legal service to the less fortunate citizens of Bay County, Mike received The Florida Bar’s President Pro Bono award for the 14th Circuit in 2007, and the Bay County Bar Association Pro Bono award in 2005. He currently serves on the Bay County Code Enforcement Board.

Mike is happily married to his favorite dive buddy, Vera, and they will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in July. They are the proud parents and step-parents of four grown children, Adrienne, Sean, Ian, and B.C, and two canine kids, Sayde and Scrappy.

The law is intended to protect you and your family and Mike is dedicated to upholding the law. Mike promises to be fair and courteous while making important decisions that have direct impact on our community and our families.

Mature and seasoned, Mike Reiter’s experience and education has prepared him to excel as your Circuit Judge. Please vote for Mike on August 24th, because Mike Reiter is Right for Circuit Judge!

Please visit our website at: www.electmikeforjudge.com

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