A host of women are candidates for numerous judicial vacancies this year, including many, like Phyllis Pritcher, who are very supportive of the LGBT community.

A University of Miami graduate, Pritcher moved to Florida from Pennsylvania in 1970. She saw first hand the era of Anita Bryant, but immediately became an advocate of gay rights issues.

"It was probably the late and great Radio host Neil Rogers who sensitized me to discrimination, " she told SFGN. "He helped make me realize the importance of  speaking out for equal rights. I made it my passion as a criminal defense lawyer."

Practicing in Broward for a quarter century, Pritcher has made a name fighting for the underdog, whether it has been for gay men seeking a compassionate female voice to articulate their cause or for pastors seeking to feed the homeless.

"The Fort Lauderdale ordinance banning citizens from providing food to the homeless is 'ridiculous,' says Pritcher. We are a society that should be seeking to find ways to support each other's philanthropic endeavors,'  from helping veterans to our victims.'

She faces off against others in a contested primary August 30. But in a county still lacking judicial gender equality, her voice is worth listening to, and with 25 years of practice in civil and criminal and hundreds of jury trials under her belt, she brings experience to the table.

"Experience matters," Pritcher said. "You need temperament and discipline on the bench; a patient judiciousness which evolves from years of training in a courtroom."


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