Former Mendotan appointed county judge in Florida


POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Lori Ann Winstead, formerly of Mendota, was recently appointed to the Polk County Court in Florida by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Winstead, 39, was an assistant state attorney for the 10th Circuit State Attorney’s Office for 11 years. She received her Associates’ degree from Polk State College, her Bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College, and her law degree from Barry School of Law. She will fill a vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Sharon Franklin to a circuit judge position earlier this year.

Winstead was sworn in on Sept. 4 and the investiture ceremony for both Judge Franklin and Judge Winstead was held on Sept. 12 at the Bartow Baptist Church in Bartow, Fla.

Winstead, a 1997 graduate of Mendota High School, is the daughter of Karen and Randy Moore and the granddaughter of Mrs. Lorraine Moore and the late Warren Moore and the late Dorothy and Ralph Atherton.


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