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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 California General Election
 
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE RECOMMENDATIONS
For the June 5, 2018 California Primary Elections



Ideas for Researching Judges
Basic Information on the California Court System

My knowledgeable conservative friend, Craig Huey, does a great job on researching judges. He posts his Judge Voter Recommendations within his county voting guides at ElectionForum.org and at the sister site JudgeVoterGuide.com. The Judge Voter Guide site contains more extensive information on the system used to rate the candidates.

I [Robyn] refer extensively to Craig’s recommendations in the majority of the races below. In other races, the posted recommendations come from a combination of my own research plus that of other trusted conservatives.


COUNTY JUDGE RECOMMENDATIONS

ALAMEDA COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Office 11:
Election Forum rates Karen Katz with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices)


FRESNO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
These recommendations come from ElectionForum.org

Office 4:
Election Forum rates William Joseph Terrence with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable" / better of the choices)

Office 8:
Election Forum rates Robert Mangano with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable" / better of the choices)


HUMBOLDT COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
These recommendations come from ElectionForum.org

Election Forum rates Lawrence Killoran with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices)


IMPERIAL COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
these recommendations come from ElectionForum.org

Seat 1:
Election Forum rates Steve Escalera with 2 of 5 stars (the better of three bad choices)

Seat 3:
Election Forum rates Tom Storey with 5 out of 5 stars (strongest endorsement)


KERN COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
These recommendations come from ElectionForum.org

Office 10:
Election Forum rates Chad Allen Louie with 5 out of 5 stars (strongest endorsement)
Election Forum rates Brandon Martin with 4 out of 5 stars ("very good")

Office 14:
Election Forum rates both Cole McKnight and John Fielder with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable"). You might want to do your own research in this race.


LOS ANGELES COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
These recommendations come from ElectionForum.org

LA - Office 4:
Election Forum rates Alfred A. Coletta with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable" / better of the choices)

LA - Office 16:
Election Forum rates Hubert S. Yun with 5 out of 5 stars (strongest endorsement)

Election Forum rates Sydne Jane Michel with 4 out of 5 stars ("very good")

LA - Office 20:
Election Forum rates Mary Ann Escalante with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable" / better of the choices)

LA - Office 60:
Election Forum rates Tony J. Cho with 2 of 5 stars (the best of three bad choices)

LA - Office 63:
Election Forum rates Malcolm Mackey has a slightly better rating than his opponent

LA - Office 67:
Election Forum rates Dennis P. Vincent with 2 of 5 stars (the best of three bad choices)

LA - Office 71:
Election Forum rates David A. Berger with 5 out of 5 stars (strongest endorsement)

LA - Office 113:
Election Forum rates Steven Schreiner with 4 out of 5 stars ("very good")

LA - Office 118:
Election Forum rates Troy Davis with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices)

LA - Office 126:
Election Forum rates Ken Fuller with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable" / better of the choices)

LA - Office 146:
Election Forum rates Emily Theresa Spear with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices)


ORANGE COUNTY Superior Court Judge

Office 13: Theodore R."Ted" Howard

Howard's endorsements include Election Forum (4 of 5 stars), Supervisors Andrew Do, Michelle Steel, Shawn Nelson, Lisa Bartlett, and Robyn Nordell


PLACER COUNTY Superior Court Judge
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Office 2:
Election Forum rates Todd D. Irby with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable" / better of the choices)


RIVERSIDE COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Office 2:
Election Forum rates Shaffer Cormell with 5 out of 5 stars (strongest endorsement)
Election Forum rates Timothy J. Hollenhorst with 4 out of 5 stars ("very good")

Cormell and Hollenhorst were co-endorsed by the Riverside GOP.


SACRAMENTO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Office 13:
Election Forum rates Paul Seave with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices)


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY Superior Court Judge

Office 2: Arthur Harrison

Harrison's endorsements include Election Forum (3 of 5 stars), the S.B. GOP, and the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.


SAN DIEGO COUNTY Superior Court Judge

Office 28: Vickie Rothman

Rothman's endorsements include Election Forum (5 of 5 stars), Penny's Picks, VoteConservativeSanDiego.com, Concerned Women for America, CA Republican Veteran's Association, and Robyn Nordell

Office 37: Gary Kreep

Kreep's recommendations include Election Forum, Penny's Picks, VoteConservativeSanDiego.com, and Robyn Nordell (as the best option in the race)


SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Seat 4:
Election Forum rates Andrew Y.S. Cheng with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices)

Seat 7:
Election Forum rates Curtis Karnow with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices)

Seat 9:
Election Forum rates Elizabeth Zareh with 2 of 5 stars (the better of three bad choices)

Seat 11:
Election Forum rates Jeffrey S. Ross with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices)


SAN JOAQUIN Superior Court Judge

Office 11: Mark Thiel

Thiel is recommended by Steve Brown, Former President of the S.J. County Bar Association, Conservative Republicans of S. J. County, SJ County Board of Education: Vern Gebhardt, Peter Ottessen, and David Sorgent, State Assemblyman Heath Flora, Retired San Joaquin County Undersheriff John Drummond and more.


SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Office 2:
Election Forum rates Andy Cadena with 4 out of 5 stars ("very good")

Office 4:
Election Forum rates Ilan Funke-Bilu with 5 out of 5 stars (strongest endorsement)

Office 9:
Election Forum rates Craig Van Rooyen with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices.)


SAN MATEO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Office 2:
Election Forum rates Richard Wilson with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable" / better of the choices)


SANTA CLARA COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Successor to Recall:
Election Forum rates Angela F. Storey with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices)


SANTA CRUZ COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Election Forum rates Zachariah D. Schwarzbach with 2 of 5 stars (the better of two bad choices)


SOLANO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Department 3:
Election Forum rates John M. Coffer with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable" / better of the choices)


STANISLAUS COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Office 2:
Election Forum rates Carrie M. Stephens with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable" / better of the choices)


VENTURA COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This recommendation comes from ElectionForum.org

Office 4:
Election Forum rates Anthony J. Sabo with 4 out of 5 stars ("very good")

Office 6:
Election Forum rates Derek D. Malan with 3 of 5 stars ("acceptable" / better of the choices)


ADDITIONAL WAYS OF FINDING OUT ABOUT JUDGES – for those who want to do their own research.

  • Check with lawyers and those within the court system who you know have similar values and philosophy to your own. They may be able to give you advice.
  • Check with conservative, knowledgeable, and trusted legislators and activists in your county. Some of them research judge candidates and are prepared to share their recommendations.
  • Attend a Debate or Other Public Speaking Event. Many judicial candidates participate in/speak at candidate forums and other events.

    If you have an opportunity to interview candidates running for judge, you might want to incorporate some of the questions used in JudgeVoterGuide.com Candidate Questionnaire.
  • Check candidates' websites for basic information and their endorsement lists. You might do a Google search for the candidates' names and various issues. Sometimes even pictures on the candidates websites give insightful clues about the candidate – who they are pictured with, at what events, etc.
  • Look for more ideas in KCET's article, "How to Judge a Judge," by Brian Frank.
DISCLAIMER: I'm posting this article because it has some good ideas Under the Section, "Resources to Help You Evaluate the Candidates". However, I would not pay much attention to the mentions of the liberal State Bar or the liberal LA County Bar Association's ratings - historically they favor Liberal Judge candidates NOT conservatives.


BASIC INFORMATION on Judges and the California Court System

Overview of California Courts

Fact Sheet: California Judicial Branch, 2/18

Judges

Q: How are trial court judges selected?
Q: How are justices of the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal selected?
Q: How many judges are there in the California courts?
Q: Where can I find biographical information about California's Supreme Court justices?
Q: Where can I find biographical information about California's Court of Appeal justices?
Q: Where can I find biographical information about California's trial court judges?
Q: How can I locate a particular California trial court judge?


California Courts Judicial Selection/Election/Retention Process
California Court Duration of Term
Supreme Court 12 years
Court of Appeals 12 years
Superior Court 6 years
 
California Court Method of Retention
Supreme Court Retention election
Court of Appeals Retention election
Superior Court Reelection
 
California Court Time Frame for Election/ Appointment
Supreme Court 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record
Court of Appeals 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record
Superior Court 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record


Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article VI of the California Constitution.

Judicial Positions

Judge: An official of the judicial branch of government with authority to decide lawsuits brought before the court. Elected or appointed by the Governor.

Commissioner: A person elected by the judges of the court and given the power to hear and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.

Referee: A person appointed by the Court who can make decisions on limited legal matters such as juvenile or traffic offenses.

Judge Pro Tem: A person or judge appointed by the Presiding Judge of a particular county to sit temporarily on a given court usually in the regular judge's absence.

Temporary Judge: A member of the State Bar appointed by the court and stipulated to by the parties to hear cases and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.

The above chart was used with permission of the American Judicature Society.
Source: AJS Methods of Judicial Selection: California