Our Guest This Week

The Highlands Tea Party will host Public Defender candidate Blair Allen at our Tuesday meeting. She is looking to make history, as the first female public defender for the Tenth Judicial Circuit – which covers Highlands, Hardee and Polk counties.

    Allen grew up in Lakeland, graduating from Lakeland Senior High School.        

   After attending college at Washington & Lee University in Virginia and Stetson College of Law, Allen returned to her hometown of Lakeland to serve the community. 

   She spent a year as a prosecutor before realizing that her true passion was helping people who others may have given up on – so she joined the Public Defender’s Office in 2007. 

    As an attorney with the Public Defender’s Office, she has worked in nearly every division of the Office. Allen has defended literally thousands of clients with all manner of charges. Cases have  ranged from drug possession to first degree murder counts – where the State was seeking the death penalty. 

   She currently handles a full caseload, representing over 110 clients charged with various levels of felonies.

   Allen currently lives in Lakeland along with her husband Eric and their four children.

   That race will be decided at the August 29 primary election.

     The Highlands Tea Party meets Tuesday evenings at the Vietnam Veterans Hall, 33565 Grand Prix Drive (behind the Sebring Walmart). Doors open at 5pm, the meeting will commence at 6pm.