Monday, February 1, 2010

Prosecutor announces for judgeship

Thomas Krug

Veteran prosecutor Thomas Krug announced today that he running for a judgeship being vacated by Circuit Judge Robert Bennett, who is retiring. Krug is the first candidate to announce for four circuit court positions up for election this fall.

Krug, a former Notre Dame quarterback and a son-in-law of sportscaster Dick Vitale, is seeking the Group 11 seat for the 12th Judicial Circuit, which covers Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties. He has worked for several years as a prosecutor in the Sarasota County district attorney's office.

"I believe my background will serve the citizens of our area well," Krug said in a statement. "From quarterbacking the Notre Dame football team to coaching my son's Little League games, I have learned to lead and to give back to our community. From teaching and working with troubled young people in Teen Court to prosecuting sexual crimes against children, homicides and violent career criminals, I know the importance of giving people a second chance when they deserve it but understand the vital importance of protecting our community."

In making his announcement, Krug said he has been endorsed by several high-profile officials, including Public Defender Larry Eger, Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube, Sarasota Sheriff Thomas Knight, DeSoto Sheriff William Wise, former Manatee sheriff Charlie Wells and Krug's current boss, State Attorney Earl Moreland.

A backup quarterback at Notre Dame in the mid-1990s, Krug earned his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. He is married to Sherri Vitale-Krug, and the couple has three children.

Bennett, who hears cases in Sarasota County, has been on the bench since February 1992.

The other three circuit judges in the 12th Judicial Circuit whose terms expire later this year are: Diana Moreland, Scott Brownell and James Parker. No one has yet filed to run for those seats, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

Judgeships in Florida are nonpartisan and candidates do not have a party affiliation.

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