Endorsements: Criminal District Courts

I continue my endorsements:

174th District Court
I endorse the incumbent, Democrat Ruben Guerrero. Judge Guerrero is one of the most respectable Judges I know, filled with a level of integrity almost unheard of today. I spent some weeks last year interning at the Courthouse (not with Guerrero, or for that matter anyone running for re-election this year), and the Judge and DAs I was working under, all right-wing Republicans, had nothing but kind words to say about Guerrero and his abilities as an adjudicator of the law. I am ashamed that the Chronicle endorsed his competitor.

176th District Court
I join the Chronicle in endorsing the incumbent, Democrat Shawna Reagin. Her court is renowned for having a small docket load, sounds like a fiscal conservative to me.

177th District Court
I break with the Chronicle to endorse the competitor, Democrat Vivian King. I have not been all that impressed by Judge Patrick, but this is not an especially strong endorsement.

178th District Court
I join the Chronicle in endorsing the incumbent, Democrat David Mendoza. Judge Mendoza is one of the few Democratic Judges in our county who holds a plethora of Judicial experience, and he has been committed to undergoing a thoroughly just program on rehabilitating youthful offenders.

179th District Court
I join the Chronicle in endorsing the incumbent, Democrat Randy Roll. The Chronicle’s endorsement mentions Judge Roll’s long hours put in to reduce his caseload, but what I find most appealing is his ability to speak fluent Spanish.

337th District Court
I break with the Chronicle to endorse the incumbent, Democrat Herb Ritchie. Judge Ritchie has done an adequate job in office, but I am somewhat distressed with his competitor, a former aDA who prides herself upon being quite “law and order”. I have always held the belief that our justice system is built upon the defense of the accused, not vengeance for the victim. Accordingly, I try to rarely vote for someone whose platform involves pre-emptively throwing the book.

338th District Court
In this very weak recommendation, I join the Chronicle in endorsing the Republican, Brock Thomas. Thomas, the Judge in this capacity until 2008, is alleged by the Chronicle to have started the “drug court”, which has done wonders in nipping one-term offenses and preventing someone busted on a few ounces of pot or DWI from becoming a hardened criminal.

339th District Court
I join the Chronicle in endorsing the incumbent, Democrat Maria Jackson. Judge Jackson is yet another Democratic judge with experience, such an invaluable asset today in the courtroom.

351st District Court
I join the Chronicle in endorsing the incumbent, Republican Mark Ellis. Judge Ellis, surviving the 2008 sweep, has made an effort to move to the centre, and for that should be rewarded with another term.

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