I am increasingly aware of how important our judges are. I’ve found that as a public service to the community the non-partisan San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) has rated the judicial candidates for the June 8 primary election.
According to SDCBA, the judicial candidates are evaluated on their qualifications to serve as judicial officers based on the following factors: integrity and character, experience, judgment, intellectual ability, temperament, diligence, decisiveness, professional reputation, or any other factor that might affect the candidate’s ability to serve as a judge as well as any violation of the Judicial Election Campaign Code of Ethics.
The candidates rated either positively or negatively are as follows, beginning with the positive evaluation Well Qualified, which SDCBA defines as “Possessing professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and temperament indicating exceptional ability to perform the judicial function with a high degree of skill and effectiveness.” The “Well Qualified” candidates are: Stephen Patrick Clark, Jon Lantz Lewis, Robert Longstreth, Richard Monroy, and Joel Wohlfeil.
The candidates evaluated to be Lacking Qualifications, which SDCBA defines as lacking “some or all of the qualities of professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and temperament indicative of fitness to perform the judicial function in a satisfactory mode.”
The candidates “Lacking Qualification” are Craig Candelore, Larry Kincaid, James Miller, Jr., DeAnn Salcido and William Trask.
I’m grateful to the SDCBA for guiding me in this most crucial decision.