Why I'm Running: Kristy Zinna, County Judge

Guest Editorial
I am a Florida native and long-time Manatee County resident—this is my home.

My husband Rory, a local prosecutor, passed away after a very public and protracted battle with bone cancer and this community was there for me after his death. I want to serve Manatee County in return. The experience created within me a deep empathy for the unique problems every person faces. I understand that every individual standing before the court is likely scared and anxious. Because of this, I have developed a calm and patient demeanor that will guide me if elected, especially in these difficult times.

I am the only candidate who has worked for both the State Attorney’s office as a prosecutor and the Public Defender’s office as an assistant public defender. When offered a position in a private firm, I felt it was the wise choice to leave government and learn about the private practice aspects of criminal law and to begin civil law, which I have practiced nearly exclusively for seven years. Every step in my career has prepared me for this moment.

I went to Tillman Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, and Palmetto High School. I earned my B.A. from the University of South Florida and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in 2008. I currently serve on the board of directors for Manatee County Tiger Bay and I am a member of the Manatee County Bar Association, Florida Association of Women Lawyers and Supporters of Law Enforcement. I also served as vice president of the Manatee County Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Since graduating from law school, I have dedicated my life to the profession and have always been a steadfast advocate for my clients and the law. I have experienced and handled virtually every situation that can occur before a County Court judge, both criminal and civil, litigating cases in Traffic Court, Family Law Court, Injunction Court, Small Claims Court, and County Civil Court, representing plaintiffs and defendants. 

The culmination of hard work, a desire to use my experiences for the greater good of our community, and a deep connection to my Manatee County home have all prepared me for the position of County Court Judge. Serving Manatee County would be an honor of a lifetime and I hope I can count on your vote. You can learn more about me at KristyZinna.com or visit my Facebook page. 

Kristy Zinna is one of four candidates running for Manatee County Judge, group 4, on the August ballot. The non-partisan race will appear on all Manatee County voters ballots.

Reader Comments
AUG 09, 2020  •  Your hair looks dumb. You're not a natural blonde. Your dye job looks like you can't even judge something as simple what looks good. Why would I vote for you?