Attorney Jay Gordon Shuler has filed his intent to seek the office of county judge for Franklin County in the 2018 election. The current county judge, Van Russell, plans to retire and will not be seeking re-election.

Shuler, 55, lives in Apalachicola and is a life-long resident of Franklin County. He is the third generation Shuler attorney practicing in Franklin County, following a tradition started by his grandfather, Jay A. Shuler, in 1932, and continued by his father, Alfred O. Shuler, who began his practice here in 1958. He has 29 years of experience, having begun his practice in 1987.

Shuler has a general practice, with an emphasis on family law and criminal defense. He also practices in the areas of probate and real estate law. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Florida, and in the federal courts of the Northern District of Florida. While his practice has an emphasis on trial court litigation, he is also experienced in appellate work.

Shuler graduated from Florida State University College of Law with honors in 1987. While in law school, he earned the Richard W. Nahstoll Book Award in Professional Responsibility by earning the highest grade in the class. During the summer of 1986, Shuler clerked for the circuit judges of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit for 10 weeks. After graduation, he came home to Apalachicola to work in his family's practice.

Shuler has been awarded certificates of appreciation for his donation of services to the Florida National Guard in preparation for deployment for Operation Desert Storm, for his cooperation with the DCT Program in the school system, and for his outstanding delivery of pro bono services with Legal Services of North Florida, Inc.

He has served on the Bench/Bar Committee of the Second Judicial Circuit. He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Apalachicola. He is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, and a past president of the Apalachicola Rotary Club. He has been active in many community fundraisers and projects, and is a long-time supporter of Seahawks athletics.

Shuler is the father of three children, Krystal, Kayla and Kelsey, and has two grandchildren, Ezra and Scarlett.

Shuler can be contacted at 653-9226 or at for more information.