By Kay Cooperman Jue
Note from the webmaster: We have updated this post to include the results of the election. The election results are shown below each of the endorsed candidate. The good news is that all 4 endorsed candidates received the most votes in their race, although only 1 received more than 50% of the votes, and will not have to face a runoff in November.
For many voters, judicial elections are among the most perplexing portions of the ballot. It can be a challenge to gather information about all the candidates and to determine the appropriate criteria to use when deciding whom to support.
The L.A. County Democratic Party offers a shortcut to voters with its candidate endorsement process. Members of the party’s Judicial Interview Committee send a letter of invitation to all candidates for superior court judge along with a detailed questionnaire. The members then meet with each candidate who is a registered Democrat and who requests endorsement consideration.
The committee presents its endorsement recommendations to the full County Democratic Central Committee, which must take a vote on the recommendations to officially endorse a candidate. A candidate must be approved by 60 percent of those voting to win party endorsement.
Here are the L.A. County Democratic Party’s endorsements in the superior court judicial races appearing on the June 7 ballot:
Office No. 11 — Debra R. Archuleta
|Debra R. Archuleta||708,650||47.35%|
|Jonathan Alexan Malek||174,383||11.65%|
Office No. 42 – No endorsement made (unable to reach consensus)
|E. Matthew Aceves||437,662||29.67%|
|Michael P. Ribons||151,411||10.26%|
Office No. 60 – No endorsement made (candidates did not seek endorsement)
|James A. Kaddo||1,052,620||75.72%|
|Stepan W. Baghdassarian||337,503||24.28%|
Office No. 84 — Susan Jung Townsend
|Susan Jung Townsend||528,180||36.36%|
|Hubert S. Yun||258,963||17.83%|
|Aaron J. Weissman||214,064||14.74%|
Office No. 120 — No endorsement made (candidates did not seek endorsement)
|Eric O. Ibisi||305,916||22.29%|
Office No. 158 — Kim L. Nguyen
|Kim L. Nguyen||511,853||34.29%|
|David A. Berger||408,909||27.40%|
|Naser “Nas” Khoury||187,610||12.57%|
|Onica Valle Cole||117,427||7.87%|
Office No. 165 — Kathryn Ann Solorzano
|Kathryn Ann Solorzano||1,055,646||73.19%|
|Tami L. Warren||386,617||26.81%|
Kay, a member of PV Democrats, is co-chair of the county party’s Judicial Interview Committee.