Your Brevard County Public Defender 2012 Election Candidate Attends Local Prayer Walk

On Friday, April 6, Good Friday, Ken participated in a community Prayer Walk. This event was termed the Good Friday Ecumenical Prayer Walk and brought song and prayer to places of importance and also places where those who may suffer as Jesus suffered gather.

The walking group was well over 100 and gathered at the starting place, Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The service folder from the walk explains the various locations where the group stopped to sing and pray. This is taken from that folder:

Our Lady of Lourdes Church and School and City Hall are locations that represent all of the faith, educational, and political institutions in our world.
The Veterans Transitional Facility is a “temporary shelter for homeless veterans and their immediate family. The purpose of the facility is to provide for the immediate needs of homeless veterans while permitting them to search for work, and once employed, to sve enough money to acquire living quarters and transportation. It is operated by The Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard non-profit.
Daily Bread soup kitchen is a lifeline for over 4,200 men, women, and children in our community each year. Serving between 200 and 250 people daily, the kitchen is open seven days a week, 365 days a year providing a hot mid-day meal plus hygienic services including a shower, laundry, and mail service to anyone in need.
His Place Ministries is a multi-faceted church and outreach ministry designed to touch lives with the love of Christ. His Place offers hope and healing to the hurting and wounded from all walks of life. This church provides a vehicle of service to those who would minister God’s love to people in need.
The Railroad Tracks represent our encounter with the plight of victims of human trafficking, migrants, refugees, and internally-displace persons in our world.

After the event Ken said, “This walk was an opportunity to fellowship with others and also bring light and hope to those who may have unmet needs. It was both humbling and uplifting.”  Ken was fortunate to have friends and family attend including his Pastor from Advent Lutheran Church.  Here are some photos and a video showing (in part) the huge crowd as they walk by City Hall.

Ken is a candidate for the Office of Public Defender of Brevard County 2012. Please vote for your Brevard County Candidtes on August 14, 2012.

Video taken by Ken as the Prayer Walk passed Melbourne City Hall. (view all Ken’s videos on You Tube.)

You can read more about the event on the Florida Today site.
Or watch videos from Florida Today.

Brevard County Public Defender Election Candidate Attends Trayvon Martin Forum in Cocoa, Florida

Written by: Ken Rhoden, April 1, 2012

The Greater St. Paul Baptist Church in Cocoa hosted a forum for Sheriff and State Attorney candidates to discuss the Trayvon Martin case. The focus was on the future and the lessons learned from this tragic situation. The church was filled and I was glad to have a front row seat for the discussion. All candidates agreed there needs to be better communication and stronger relationships between elected officials and the community they serve.

When I began my campaign in April of 2011 I posted on my web page as part of my platform the following paragraph:

“The Public Defender should be a community leader and not just an agency head. The office is a powerful platform that should be used to talk to school children, civic groups, and churches. Prevention is key and the Public Defender is ideally positioned to help attack the terrible trinity of drugs, violence, and crime. I will serve the public and be an active, energetic Public Defender.”  (from KenRhoden.com “Reform is Needed” page)

The Trayvon Martin tragedy and the community’s response highlight just how much work needs to be done.

The event today (April 1, 2012) was well run and the candidates each had equal opportunity to answer questions. I thank the organizers of the forum for their hard work and hope they bring us future events.

Brevard County Candidate – Ken Rhoden at Tico Airshow

Ken was out most of the day yesterday (Saturday, 3/10) at the Tico Airshow in Titusville put on by the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum.  The airshow was amazing, the planes on display were interesting, and the people were very friendly.  Many supporters said “Hi” to Ken Rhoden and his crew who were there meeting people and collecting ballot petitions.  The deadline for the campaign to turn in the petitions is March 19 at noon so if you have some, give Ken a call and he’ll arrange to have them picked up.  If you have not filled one out – there is one on the VOLUNTEER page here that you can download and send back to the Ken Rhoden Campaign at 218 Hibiscus Blvd., Merritt Island, FL, 32952.

Ken Rhoden is a Brevard County Candidate / Seminole County Candidate for the Public Defender’s Office of the 18th Judicial circuit covering both the Brevard County Public Defender and Seminole County Public Defender Offices.

Ken Rhoden: Gone to the Dogs?

Sunday, February 26, was Cocoa Village‘s Paws in the Park celebration which rounded out the weekend of Mardi Gras fun and frivolity!   The Vote Rhoden Crew was out in force at the dog-centric event gathering petitions and meeting the 2 legged and 4 legged visitors.   There was a Parade of Pets, a costume contest, and even a King & Queen of Paws in the Park were crowned.   Ken was greeted enthusiastically by both humans and canines.  This is a must-add for next year if you are an animal lover.  (Oh, and by the way, it is FREE!)

Here’s a photo of the rescued poodle that is Ken’s campaign helper! (He was rescued through Coastal Poodle Rescue.)

Phinneas was rescued through Coastal Poodle Rescue

Brevard Superhero 5k Benefitting the Guardian Ad Litem Program

The Brevard County Guardian Ad Litem program hosted a fundraiser Superhero 5k run/walk today, February 4, 2012.  The event was held at Space Coast Stadium and was well attended (just see the crowds in the photos!)

Ken ran in the 5k to support this worthy cause and run he did.  No wonder he’s been called Rocket Rhoden!  He placed first in his age group with a solid 8:08 per mile pace.  But as always, Ken directed attention to the real reason for the event,  “The kids are the ones that need to win and supporting local fundraisers like the Superhero 5k is one way that all of us can help.  Run or walk,  donate time or door prizes,  there is something we all can do,” said Ken.

If you are interested in learning more about the Guardian Ad Litem program, visit them online to read about the organization. Or if you think you’d like to be a Guardian Ad Litem, please contact the wonderful staff:

For more information on how to become a child advocate, please contact Patricia Williams at the Moore Justice Center, 2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida 32940.  The number is 321-508-4595 or  fax 321-690-6897.  You can also send your questions to Patricia.Williams@gal.fl.gov.