Veteran Miami-Dade Public Defender Bennett Brummer defeated challenger Gabriel Martin yeterday, the Miami Herald reports. The race started a year ago with a Martin-led revolt among a few young lawyers in Brummer’s office. “We gave the old fellow a good run for his money,” said Martin, 33. “This was a grass-roots, all-volunteer campaign with limited fundraising.”
Brummer, 63, had faced only two opponents in seven previous elections. The New York native was first elected in 1976. The Democrat oversees an office with a $25 million budget and 175 lawyers who every year represent about 90,000 indigent criminal defendants who cannot afford to hire their own attorneys. The public defender’s salary is about $137,000 a year.