Meet Gary's Endorsers
Gary is honored to be endorsed for Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge by Betty Castor. Betty was the first woman elected to the Hillsborough County Commission, the first woman elected to the Florida Cabinet, served as a State Senator, and President of the University of South Florida. She is also the mother of a Congresswoman, School Board Member and a Judge. Anyone who aspires to public service should follow Betty’s example.
'"I have known Gary since we were teenagers. He is thoughtful, considerate and fair-minded. He has the character and the ability that we need in a circuit court judge." Congressman Jim Davis
"It is my pleasure to support Gary Dolgin in his efforts to become our next Hillsborough County Judge (Circuit Court Group 31). I have known Gary for over twenty years. Over that period of time, he has never disappointed me about where he stands on the importance of integrity, transparency and a backbone of fairness. He is committed to his ethics and will never waiver; he is focused on fairness and will not compromise on what he believes is right. He will show the judicial temperament needed for the position he seeks. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to endorse Gary and look forward to his service as a Hillsborough County Judge. Hillsborough County will be well served by his service. Please help me elect my friend, Gary Dolgin."
Best, Rose V. Ferlita (Former Tampa City Council Member and Hillsborough County Commissioner)
We are excited to announce that Richard Gonzmart, fourth generation owner of the Columbia Restaurant Group (Columbia Restaurant, Ulele, Goody-Goody) has endorsed Gary for Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge. Richard Gonzmart contributes so much to our community-he has been named a Community Hero by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers and Sisters, as well as too many awards to mention. Gary is so grateful for the successful reception that Richard hosted in honor of his judicial campaign in October.Gary is honored to have the endorsement of Tampa City Councilman Bill Carlson. Bill owns Tucker Hall, a premier public relations firm and founded the Friday morning breakfast group Cafe con Tampa, where community leaders speak to and answer questions from concerned citizens.
We are excited to announce that former Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe has endorsed me for Hillsborough County Circuit Court. Mark served on the County Commission from 2004-2014. Prior to his election, he worked for USSOCOM. Mark has served our community and his country with honor and distinction. Gary is honored to have his support
We are excited to announce that Hillsborough County Commissioner Mariella Smith has endorsed Gary Dolgin for Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge. Mariella has been a dedicated community servant for many years and she was elected to a County-wide seat last November. Gary is honored to have her support!
“As the son of a judge myself, I am very selective in who I endorse for Circuit Court Judge. Gary Dolgin shares my values for social justice. His legal expertise, compassion, empathy and sense of fairness will make him an excellent judge.” Sean Shaw, former member Florida House of Representatives
When you run for office in Hillsborough County, you want Peggy Land on your team. We are excited that Peggy is on the Gary Dolgin for Judge campaign committee. Peggy has devoted her life to working for justice. She has given her talents to numerous campaigns and worthy charitable causes.
“Gary is a long-standing community leader who is ethical, honest, and fair. He would be a tremendous asset bringing his expertise and many years of practicing law. I am not only proud to call him my friend, but look forward to his continued service to our beloved community.” Tampa City Councilman Guido Maniscalco
“I have known Gary for many years and consider him a friend. He is an experienced trial attorney, an advocate for women, and is Board-Certified in Marital and Family Law. The courts sorely need his expertise in our family law system.” Erin Aebel, Partner at Shumaker Loop & Kendrick and Campaign Co-Chair
Ron Christaldi, Past Chair Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Partner at Shumaker Loop & Kendrick and Campaign Co-Chair
Gary is honored to be endorsed by Attorney Mark Sessums, who is one of the only attorneys in the State of Florida to be double Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and Civil Trial Law. Gary is one of twenty eight lawyers in Hillsborough County who is certified as an expert in Marital and Family Law. One area of certification is hard to achieve, but two is phenomenal, and we are honored to have the support of Mark Sessums!
Gary is proud to have the endorsement of Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder in his race for Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge. John was just recently elected city wide to District 3. He previously served on the City Council from 2003-2010. He has served our city with distinction on the council, as well as numerous other civic organizations.Gary and John are also fellow Rotarians with the downtown chapter!
We were honored to receive the endorsement of T. Terrell Sessums, Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, prior to his passing on June 6, 2020. Mr. Sessums had lived a life of leadership and public service. His accomplishments are way too many to mention, but include introducing legislation to create the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at the University of South Florida, the Tampa Sports Authority, and the Hillsborough County Expressway Authority. He worked to improve our education system in Florida, having served as Chairman of the State Board of Regents and President of the Board of Trustees of the University of Tampa. His daughter-in law Beth Sessums is a beloved kindergarten teacher at Mabry Elementary School. Gary's daughter Mallory and son Ari are former students. Mr. Sessums and his family have contributed so much to our community. Mr. Sessums will be greatly missed by many.
We are excited to announce that John Fitzgibbons has endorsed Gary in his race for Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge. John is one of the most preeminent lawyers in the State of Florida. He is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer and has served as chair of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. Gary is grateful that John and many other prominent lawyers and elected officials hosted a reception for his judicial campaign in September.
We are excited to announce that Retired Circuit Court Judge Don Evans has endorsed Gary for Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge. Judge Don Evans served our community for over 20 years as a Judge with honor and distinction. Gary is honored to have his endorsement.
Gary is honored that Hillsborough County Commissioner Kimberly Overman has endorsed Gary Dolgin for Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge. Commissioner Overman was elected county-wide in 2018. She has served our community with honor and distinction. She shares Gary's passion for looking out for the best interests of children and families.
“Gary is a dedicated family man and he has the integrity and compassion to serve on the Hillsborough County bench.” Jerry and Marti Lofstrom Owners of the Whistle Stop Cafe in Plant City
“I have known Gary for 30 years. His mother served with me on a committee to desegregate Hillsborough County schools. He will be a great judge who will treat everyone with fairness, equality, and respect.” Attorney Warren Dawson
Frank Sanchez, Former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade
Les Miller, Hillsborough County Commission Chair
Alex Prieto, Owner of New Age Reprographics
Dr. Marlene Bloom, Child Psychologist
David Laxer, Owner of Bern's Steak House
Rebecca Smith, President A.D. Morgan Corporation
Todd Monteleone, Owner of A Tech Automotive
“I have known Gary for many years and have had wonderful conversations with him. Please vote Gary Dolgin for Circuit Court Judge.” Jenny Hankins, Hair Stylist at Regis
Elgin Tek, owner of Gengiz Kahn Restaurant
“Gary Dolgin is a great man with a calm and thoughtful personality. He won’t make a rush to judgement. We need people like Gary on the circuit court bench. He is a wonderful honest man and I encourage you to support Gary Dolgin for Circuit Court Judge.” Dr. Bryan Thatcher, Past President of Riverview Chamber of Commerce
“Gary will be a great judge. He is one of the best candidates that you can ask for.” John Erb, owner of John Erb's Auto and Truck & RV Service Center
“I have known Gary for many years. He will make an excellent judge.” Dennis McClelland, Managing Partner of Phelps Dunbar
Steve Bernstein, Past Chair Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Mike Hoskinson, Retired Coleman Middle School Principal, lifelong friend and doubles partner on the Plant High Championship Tennis Team