Union County Judge David Reiman retiring

Union County Judge David Reiman

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.

Nearly 30 years of legal expertise will soon disappear from the Union County courthouse in Lake Butler.

County Judge David L. Reiman will be retiring at the end of the year, which coincides with the end of his current term. Reiman was appointed to the bench in 1983 by former Gov. Bob Graham and has been re-elected continuously since then, including being challenged in three elections.

In a letter address “To the people of Union County,” Reiman announced his retirement after first expressing his gratitude for being allowed to serve as judge.

He also noted that his health is good and his personal and professional lives are going well, but that he felt the time had come to leave the $134,280 a year job.

Reiman concluded his letter with this paragraph.

“I am mindful of what the then Governor Bob Graham told me during our telephone conversation in December 1983 when he asked if I would be willing to serve the people of Union County as their County judge, “If you take care of what is at hand today, God will provide for tomorrow.”

By midday Wednesday, Union County elections officials said one person had begun the process of qualifying to run for county judge.

Thomas Daniel Webb, 38, of Lake Butler has turned in his paperwork and opened a campaign account, officials said. The next step is for him to complete the qualifying paperwork during the qualifying period between noon on April 16 and noon on April 20.

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