Daniel Perry is a local attorney and former Orange County judge, looking to unseat Belvin Perry. The chief judge has said Daniel Perry chose to run against him because he – Belvin Perry -- filed a complaint that led to a recent Florida Bar inquiry into Daniel Perry.
Daniel Perry denies that Florida Bar complaint has anything to do with his decision to take on the long-time judge. Instead, Daniel Perry has cited an affair his opponent had many years ago.
Daniel Perry has run what has been called a “stealth” campaign. He was an Orange County judge from 1991 to 1995. During that time the Judicial Qualifications Commission reprimanded him for imroperly jailing people and accusing an Army staff sergeant of wearing his dress uniform to sway the court. A third complaint from that period accused Daniel Perry of promising favorable judgments to lawyers contributing to his re-election bid, but after he lost that race the case was dropped.