November 2012 Judicial Elections Roundup

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Last Updated 11:23 AM Eastern, September 28, 2012

Retention Elections

State Position/Seat

Incumbent

% Yes

Alaska

Daniel E. Winfree

0%

Arizona

John Pelander

0%

Colorado

Nathan Coats

0%

Florida

Peggy Quince

0%

Florida

Barbara Pariente

0%

Florida

Fred Lewis

0%

Illinois

Rita Garman*

0%

Indiana

Steven David

0%

Indiana

Robert Rucker

0%

Iowa

David Wiggins

0%

Iowa

Bruce B. Zager

0%

Iowa

Thomas Waterman

0%

Iowa

Edward Mansfield

0%

Kansas

Nancy Caplinger-Moritz

0%

Maryland

Robert N. McDonald*

0%

Maryland

Lynne Battaglia*

0%

Maryland

Robert Bell*

0%

New Mexico

Richard Bosson

0%

Montana

Brian Morris**

0%

Nebraska

Kenneth Stephan*

0%

Nebraska

Michael McCormack*

0%

Oklahoma Supreme Court

Noma D. Gurich***

0%

Oklahoma Supreme Court

James Edmondson***

0%

Oklahoma Supreme Court

Douglas L. Combs***

0%

Oklahoma Supreme Court

Yvonne Kauger***

0%

Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals

Carlene Clancy Smith***

0%

Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals

David B. Lewis***

0%

Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals

Arlene Johnson***

0%

South Dakota

Glen Severson***

0%

Wyoming

E. James Burke

0%

*Elected by district
**Justice Morris has no opposing candidate and thus must run in a retention election rather than a nonpartisan one
***Retained on statewide ballot, but must reside in specific district appointed from

Partisan Elections

Incumbent indicated in italics

State Position/Seat

Candidate(s)

Alabama Chief Justice

 

Roy Moore (R)

 

Robert Vance (D)

Melinda Lee Maddox (I)

 

 

0%

 

0%

0%

 

Alabama Place 1

Tommy Bryan (Unopposed)

Alabama Place 2

Lyn Stuart (Unopposed)

Alabama Place 3

Glenn Murdock (Unopposed)

Alabama Place 4

James Allen Main (Unopposed)

Illinois 1st District
(elected by district)

 

Mary Jane Theis (D)

James G. Riley (R)

 

0%

0%

Louisiana District 5
(elected by district; top 2 go to December run off)

John Michael Guidry (D)

Toni Higginbotham (D)

Jeff Hughes (R)

Timothy E. "Tim" Kelley (R)

William "Bill" Morvant (R)

Mary Olive Pierson (D)

Jeffry Lamonte Sanford (NP)

Jewel E. "Duke" Welch (R)

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

Louisiana District 6

John L. Weimer (Unopposed)

Michigan Partial Term Ending 1/1/2015

 

Mindy Barry (D)

 

Sheila Johnson (D)

 

Brian Zahra (R)

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

Michigan Full Term
(top 2 vote getters win)

 

Doug Dern (Natural Law)

Connie Marie Kelley (D)

Stephen Markman (R)

Bridget Mary McCormack (D)

Kerry L. Morgan (Libertarian)

Colleen O'Brien (R)

Bob Roddis (Libertarian)

 

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

Ohio Full Term Commencing 1-1-2013

Terrence O'Donnell (unopposed)

Ohio Full Term Commencing 1-2-2013

 

Robert Cupp (R)

William O'Neill (D)

 

0%

0%

Ohio Unexpired Term Ending 12-31-2014

 

Yvette McGee Brown (R)

 

Sharon L. Kennedy (D)

 

0%

 

0%

Texas Supreme Court Place 2

 

Don Willett (R)

 

Robert Stuart Koelsch (Libertarian)

 

0%

 

0%

Texas Supreme Court Place 4

 

John Devine (R)

 

Tom Oxford (Libertarian)

 

Charles E. Waterbury (Green)

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

Texas Supreme Court Place 6

 

Nathan Hecht (R)

 

Michele Petty (D)

 

Mark Ash (Libertarian)

 

Jim Chisholm (Green)

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge

 

Sharon Keller (R)

 

Keith Hampton (D)

 

Lance Stott (Libertarian)

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7

 

Barbara Hervey (R)

 

Mark W. Bennett (Libertarian)

 

0%

 

0%

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8

 

Elsa Alcala (R)

 

William Bryan Strange (Libertarian)

 

0%

 

0%

West Virignia
(top 2 vote getters win)

 

Letitia "Tish" Chafin (D)

 

Robin Jean Davis (D)

 

Allen Loughry (R)

 

John Yoder (R)

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

Nonpartisan Elections

Incumbent indicated in italics

State Position/Seat

Candidate(s)

Georgia

Carol W. Hunstein (Unopposed)

Georgia

Harold D. Melton (Unopposed)

Georgia

Hugh P. Thompson (Unopposed)

Kentucky 7th District
(elected by district)

Will Scott

Janet Stumbo

0%

0%

Minnesota Chief Justice

Lorie Gildea

Dan Griffith

0%

0%

Minnesota Place 1

Barry Anderson

Dean Barkley

0%

0%

Mississippi District 1, Place 1
(elected by district)

Earle Banks

William Waller

0%

0%

Mississippi District 1, Position 2
(elected by district)

Leslie King

Unopposed

Mississippi District 2, Place 3

(elected by district)

Mike Randolph

Talmadge Braddock

0%

0%

Mississippi District 3, Position 3
(elected by district)

Josiah Dennis Coleman

Richard T. Phillips

0%

0%

Montana Seat 5

Laurie McKinnon

Ed Sheehy

0%

0%

Nevada Seat C

Michael Cherry (Unopposed)

Nevada Seat F

Michael Douglas (Unopposed)

Nevada Seat G

Nancy Saitta (Unopposed)

New Mexico

Paul Kennedy

Barbara Vigil

0%

0%

North Carolina

Paul Martin Newby

Sam Ervin

0%

0%

North Dakota

Daniel J. Crothers (Unopposed)

Oregon

Richard C Baldwin

Nena Cook

0%

0%

Washington Position 2

Susan Owens (Unopposed, won primary with over 50%)

Washington Position 8

Steve Gonzalez (Unopposed, won primary with over 50%)

Washington Position 9

Sheryl Gordon McCloud

Richard B. Sanders

0%

0%

Ballot Proposals

State Propsal Letter/Number

Synopsis

Yes %

Alabama Covington County Amendment 1

Relating to Covington County court costs for law library in the county

0%

Alabama Marion County Amendment 1

Permits legislature to adjuist costs and charges of court in Marion County.

0%

Etowah County Local Amendment 2

Permits legislature to adjuist costs and charges of court in Etowah County.

0%

Arizona Proposition 115

A "yes" vote shall have the effect of (1) increasing the terms of Arizona Supreme Court justices, Appellate and Superior Court judges to eight years; (2) raising the retirement age for justices and judges from seventy to seventy-five; (3) changing membership of commissions on appellate and trial court appointments and procedures for appointing justices and judges; (4) requiring the Supreme, Appellate, and Superior courts to publish decisions online, (5) requiring the Supreme Court to send a copy of the judicial performance review of each justice and judge who is up for retention to the Legislature, and (6) allowing a joint legislative committee to meet and take testimony on justices and judges up for retention.

0%

Florida Amendment 5

Proposing a revision of the Judiciary Article of the Florida Constitution; revising standards and procedures for legislative repeal of a court rule and the Supreme Court's readoption of a rule repealed by the Legislature; providing for Senate confirmation of an appointment of a Supreme Court justice; allowing the House of Representatives to review confidential files of the Judicial Qualifications Commission under any circumstances; providing that such files shall remain confidential until the House of Representatives initiates impeachment proceedings; and making other technical, clarifying, and conforming revisions.

0%

Hawaii Amendment 2

Shall the chief justice of the state supreme court appoint judges who have retired upon attaining the age of seventy years as emeritus judges, permitting the appointed judges to serve as temporary judges in courts no higher than the court level they reached prior to retirement and for terms not to exceed three months per each appointment?

0%

Maryland Question 1

Requires judges of the Orphans’ Court for Prince George’s County to be admitted to practice law in this State and to be a member in good standing of the Maryland Bar.

0%

Maryland Question 2

Requires judges of the Orphans’ Court for Baltimore County to be admitted to practice law in this State and to be a member in good standing of the Maryland Bar.

0%

Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to change the current nonpartisan selection of supreme court and court of appeals judges to a process that gives the governor increased authority to:

  • appoint a majority of the commission that selects these court nominees; and
  • appoint all lawyers to the commission by removing the requirement that the governor's appointees be nonlawyers?

0%

New Hampshire Amendment 2

Are you in favor of amending article 73-a of the second part of the constitution to read as follows: [Art.] 73-a [Supreme Court, Administration.] The chief justice of the supreme court shall be the administrative head of all the courts. The chief justice shall, with the concurrence of a majority of the supreme court justices, make rules governing the administration of all courts in the state and the practice and procedure to be followed in all such courts. The rules so promulgated shall have the force and effect of law. The legislature shall have a concurrent power to regulate the same matters by statute. In the event of a conflict between a statute and a court rule, the statute, if not otherwise contrary to this constitution, shall prevail over the rule.

0%

New Jersey Constitutional Amendment 2

Do you approve an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution, as agreed to by the Legislature, to allow contributions set by law to be taken from the salaries of Supreme Court Justices and Superior Court Judges for their employee benefits?

0%

New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 1

Adds magistrate judge and additional member of public to Judicial Standards Commission.

0%

Ohio State Issue 2

Creates independent redistricting commission. Requires Chief Justice select a panel of 8 Court of Appeals judges, only 4 of whom may be from the same party. Provides 8 judges would appoint an independent auditor and select potential members of the redistricting commission. Requires 8-judge panel submit 42 potential redistricting commission members (3 groups of 14; 1 from each of the two largest political parties + 1 group of independents) from all applicants; at least 5 of 8 judges must agree on each potential commissioner. Provides House leadership (Speaker and minority leader) would strike 6 names each leaving 8 Republicans, 8 Democrats, and 8 Independents. From the 24 remaining, the Court of Appeals judges would select at random 3 from each grouping, leaving 9. Those 9 would then pick another 3 for a total of 12.

0%

Oregon Measure 78

Changes constitutional language describing governmental system of separation of powers; makes grammatical and spelling changes. Redefines executive, legislative, and judicial "departments" as "branches".

0%

Wyoming Constitutional Amendment C

The adoption of this amendment would expand the authority of district court commissioners. If the amendment is adopted, a district court commissioner could perform additional duties assigned by a district court judge, subject to any restrictions the legislature may impose by law.

0%