Public defender, elections chief returned to office


SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, elected in 2008 and again in 2012, easily defeated Christine Spain, a Boca Raton-based business law attorney and former Broward County Republican chairwoman.

“I’m pleased the voters had confidence that I can serve four more years,” Bucher said, while running the election Tuesday night. Her victory means she will not be on the ballot in November, when the presidential election is likely to draw far more voters than the primary.

>UPDATE: Complete local results at PalmBeachPost.com/elections

Bucher had said that through new technology, better training and improved efficiency, she has saved taxpayers $21.6 million. Spain had questioned the public’s trust and confidence in the office.

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PUBLIC DEFENDER

Public Defender Carey Haughwout soundly defeated William “Bill” Abramson, her first election opponent in 15 years on the job.

Abramson, a lawyer, has said he entered the race only because he thought Haughwout was retiring. He accused Haughwout of not doing enough to train her lawyers.

“It’s not a position a lot of people know about. There is always concern when somebody is (alphabetically) first on the ballot,” Haughwout said Tuesday night.

Abramson said, “I feel bad for the people that are going to be stuck being represented by the public defender’s office.”


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