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Alison Kerestes

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Alison Kerestes is a judge-elect of the Florida 9th Circuit Court. She assumes office on January 3, 2023. Kerestes won election for judge of the Florida 9th Circuit Court outright in the primary on August 23, 2022, after the general election was canceled.[1]

Alison Kerestes served as a prosecutor from 2006 to 2014 before leaving for private practice and opening her own firm. During her time as an assistant State Attorney, she successfully sought the civil commitment of Tommy Lee Andrews, who was accused of several rapes in the Orlando area, and was the first in the nation to be convicted using DNA evidence.[2][3][4] After leaving the State Attorney's Office, Alison successfully ran Kerestes Law Firm for several years with her husband. She practiced as an attorney for sixteen years before being elected to the bench. [5] During her time as a criminal defense attorney, Alison Kerestes handled cases throughout Central Florida, often representing those accused of serious crime.[6][7][8]

In 2022, Alison Kerestes ran for an open seat for Circuit Judge against Fay Olga Pappas. She was endorsed by the Orlando Sentinel on August 5, 2022.[9] The election was held on August 23, 2022. Alison Kerestes defeated her opponent, earning 55.87% of the vote.[10]


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  5. "Winter Park attorney, Orlando prosecutor vie for Orange-Osceola circuit judge seat". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  6. "Man guilty of felony murder, but not the felonies". Daily Commercial. Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  7. Miller, Austin L. "Competency hearings held for two men sentenced to life in prison". The Star Banner. Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  8. Miller, Austin L. Miller,Austin L. "Life sentence". The Star Banner. Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  9. "Endorsement: Kerestes for 9th Circuit judge - by a hair". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  10. "Florida Election Watch - Circuit Court Judge". Retrieved 2022-09-17.

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