Monday, July 18, 2016

ORDER IN THE COURT: Florida Musicians Band Together for Local Judicial Race

Florida Musicians
Band Together for
Local Judicial Race
*Photos courtesy of Chelsea Sauerland

The lazy and crazy, hot and
sticky dog days of summer
melted into a sizzling night
— celebration in which
Florida musicians, singers,
songwriters, family and
friends all came together
for one particular purpose.

The room was buzzing with excitement and booming with the sounds of live music when Melbourne, Florida's go-to nightspot, Open Mike's, played host to a unique, fun-filled concert production on July 10th. But tonight's event was about more than just a SRO crowd chillin' in a swanky club, diggin' on homegrown tunes — it was about the community coming together for a cause, getting involved in a process, and showing support for a popular local candidate currently running for a prominent, non-partisan, public position.

I was honored to have been invited
to host the festivities at Open Mike's.
Despite the entertainment factor,
one of the event's primary objectives
was to facilitate voter registration.
The premise of the party made sense, as the guest of honor, Florida attorney Bob Moletteire, is known throughout the Space Coast for possessing a personal passion for the performing arts. As a result, Moletteire reached out to many of his favorite area performers when putting together what was billed as an, All-Night FUN-Raiser, — artists that included singer / songwriters Tina Eno and Jay DiBella, the award-winning rock band, Katty Shack, and Billy Payne and Terry Lynch from the popular vocal group, The Hemingways.

Singer / songwriter Jay DiBella (L)
joined Moletteire (R) in a rousing
version of the classic "Stand by Me."
What's a party without bagpipes?
An acclaimed singer, musician and actor in his own right, Moletteire graduated from Cumberland Law School in 1983 and has been practicing successfully in the Brevard County private sector since 1984. Over the last 32 years he's represented and counseled thousands of clients, and has tried more than 100 civil and criminal jury trials, as well as non-jury trials throughout Florida. Seen by many as the most experienced and qualified candidate vying for the 18th Judicial Circuit Court position, Moletteire is also Board Certified by the Florida Bar and has been considered an expert in Civil Trial law since 1990.

Bob Moletteire with singer
and actress, Katty Pleasant.
Moletteire (L) schooling political
radio talk show host, Ed Dean (R).
With the August 30th primary approaching quickly, Moletteire and his team have been working diligently to spread the word throughout the long recent "dog days." Hence, there was enormous value (for staff and supporters) in staging a casual, fun-filled (and air-conditioned) meet-and-greet celebration.

Katty Shack's high-energy headline
set packed plenty-o-punch!
A fabulous photo finish for
Bob Moletteire and his
hometown music scene friends.
Given the amount of oxygen being consumed by national races during the current campaign season, equally important local races can often be overlooked. Fortunately, for Florida voters, there's a candidate — a family man with integrity and experience who's breathing life and enthusiasm into one particular Brevard County contest... Bob Moletteire for Circuit Judge!

-Christopher Long
(July 2016)


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