Check Out the Guest Post on my Squidoo Lens

Bonnie wrote a guest post on my Squidoo site.  It is all about the schedule of a volunteer on a campaign such as mine.  Interesting, entertaining, and short!  Take a look here!

Bonnie at the Caselberry Hob Nob

For Seminole County News See Seminole Voice says Rhoden, 2012 Candidate for Seminole & Brevard Public Defender

There are many ways to keep up on the news for your local community – online, in print, TV, radio, etc.   One particular resource has been around since 1990 and it specializes in Seminole County:  the Seminole Voice.

The newspaper has an electronic newsletter version in addition to the website’s varied coverage of news and events.   The official website describes Seminole Voice in this way:

“About the Voice

The Voice began publishing in Oviedo in 1990. In 2000, the Voice added the city of Winter Springs to its coverage area. The Seminole Voice is a bi-weekly newspaper in Central Florida’s highly desirable, affluent areas of Oviedo, Winter Springs, Geneva and Chuluota.

In its 21st year of business, the Seminole Voice is the area’s most well-known, well-respected and widely read publication, praised for its independent reporting and commentary on current issues, the arts, local schools, youth and collegiate sports, business, law enforcement and personality profiles. In addition, the Seminole Voice covers and analyzes the impact of local government on the community.

Special Features included in the Seminole Voice newspapers are: “Between the Celery Stalks” by Janet Foley; “Stetson’s Corner” by Karen McEnany Phillips; and “From My Garden to Yours” by Tom Carey.”   from on June 18, 2012.

Categories of coverage for this online resource include:  Home, Photos, News, Lifestyles, Sports, Columnists,
Voices, Events, and Subscription Information.   There is also an entire section devoted to Classified Ads with ads for many items from automobiles, real estate, services, products, and others.

An interesting recent article from Seminole Voice is a fun, personal look at Oviedo City Councilman, Stephen Schenck, along with photos and his favorite recipe Oviedo’s Own Citrus Ceviche that won 2nd place in the Taste of Oviedo’s Citrus & Celery Cookoff!

Overall, Seminole Voice is a good addition to your regular stops for local news and information about Central Florida and  especially if you live in Oviedo, Winter Springs, Geneva and Chuluota.  Go take a look!

About Ken: Ken Rhoden is a 2012 Brevard County Public Defender candidat for election and a Seminole County Public Defender 2012 election candidate (18th Judicial Circuit covers both counties). He has resided in Brevard since 1975 and is a true Florida native having been born in Jacksonville.  Ken worked his way through and graduated from BCC, UCF, and FSU School of Law.  He has been practicing law in Brevard for more than 26 years.   Twelve of those years as an Assistant Public Defender (in the office of the 18th Judicial Circuit) and the rest as a partner at the largest criminal and largest family law firm in the county: Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden & Kelley. You can call Ken on his personal cell phone at 321-368-3151 or email him directly at if you have any questions or comments.

Transit of Venus – Once in a Lifetime Opportunity says Brevard County Public Defender Election Candidate, Rhoden

Tomorrow we will have a once in a lifetime opportunity – or at least for most of us it will be once in our lifetime.  June 5, 2012 marks the Transit of Venus – an event that only happens every 100 years. Astronomers and layperson planet watchers will experience this fantastic event in different areas across the world.

The “Transit of Venus” happens when the planet Venus traverses in its orbit right across the sun. I read that some have referred to the image of Venus crossing the sun as a beauty mark on the face of our sun because it looks like a dark, almost black spot against the bright sun.

Venus is a bit shy as this Transit is one of the rarest events in our sky.  The last time this occurred it was June 2004.  The next is due in 2117.  The reason for the rarity of this event is due to the orbits of Venus and earth as well as the axis on which these planets orbit.   I’m not an expert, I just enjoy the sky and stars and feel that this event is one not to miss.
Those of us in North America and particularly in Brevard County, Florida can view this event beginning in the afternoon hours of June 5 and lasting approximately 7 hours.   If you are not able to watch this live – NASA has a great site set up and you can watch the Venus Transit on the web!

Don’t try to look directly at the event.  MSNBC has provided great tips and instructions on how to view the Transit of Venus safely.

General Information about the Transit of Venus.   And don’t forget there is also a partial eclipse of the moon today, June 4!

Always Remember and Honor, says Rhoden, Brevard County Public Defender Candidate 2012

“Thank you to all the military personnel past, presently active, and those that are enlisting.  Your service to our country is honorable and appreciated.  God bless you as you look back and remember, as you walk in your service, and as you anticipate serving in the future. ” Ken Rhoden, May 28, 2012

This morning Ken posted the below comment on Facebook and wanted to share it with you, here on the website as well:

“I cannot say it better than President Lincoln”,
“…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion…
We honor the dead by preserving the freedom they died to give us.”

Wikipedia does a good job summarizing this special holiday:  “Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.[1] Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.[2] Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.”

Great Muscle Car Designer, Carroll Shelby, Passes Away

Rest in Peace Carroll Shelby.

Thanks for all the muscle cars you created in your lifetime.  The Shelby Cobra was one of the best sports cars ever made.

Shelby’s life story is a lively and interesting series of adventures, careers, and cars.  Here is an excerpt from the Associated Press article, ” DALLAS –  Carroll Shelby, the legendary auto racer and car designer who built the fabled Shelby Cobra sports car and injected testosterone into Ford’s Mustang and Chrysler’s Viper, has died. He was 89.

Shelby’s company, Carroll Shelby International, said Friday that Shelby died a day earlier at a Dallas hospital. He had received a heart transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 1996.

He was one of the nation’s longest-living heart transplant recipients, having received a heart on June 7, 1990, from a 34-year-old man who died of an aneurism. Shelby also received a kidney transplant in 1996 from his son, Michael.

The 1992 inductee into the Automobile Hall of Fame had homes in Los Angeles and his native east Texas.”

Read the full story by Fox News here: American Racing Legend Carroll Shelby Dead at 89.

Shelby Cobra - 1967

About Ken: Ken Rhoden is a Brevard County Public Defender 2012 election candidate and a Seminole County Public Defender 2012 election candidate (18th Judicial Circuit covers both counties). He has resided in Brevard since 1975 and having been born in Jacksonville, he is a true Florida native. Ken graduated from BCC, UCF, and FSU School of Law and has been practicing law in Brevard for over 26 years. Twelve of those years as an Assistant Public Defender and the rest as a partner at the largest criminal and largest family law firm in the county: Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden & Kelley. You can call Ken on his personal cell phone at 321-368-3151 if you have any questions or comments.