Osceola County

DeSantis team defends judge … on Twitter

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office pushed back Wednesday against a news website that questioned the residency of a recently appointed judicial circuit judge.

The Florida Daily reported Tuesday the Seminole County Property Appraiser’s website lists Michael Kraynick as holding a homestead in Seminole County, “about two miles over the border from Orange County since 2016.”

The website also noted that Kraynick, in his application to the Judicial Nominating Commission, listed the Seminole County address for his home and voter registration.

The state Constitution requires justices and judges to live and be registered to vote within their court’s jurisdiction.

DeSantis’ spokeswoman Helen Ferre tweeted Wednesday the residency issue was corrected before Kraynick took the oath of office.

In June, DeSantis appointed Kraynick and Diego Madrigal III as judges in the 9th Judicial Circuit, which is made up of Orange and Osceola counties.

In the release from the governor’s office, Kraynick is listed as a resident of Winter Park, which is an Orange County suburb.

— By Jim Turner.