Letter To The Editor: To Reiterate – The Importance Of Voting In Judicial Elections

By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I can’t do enough to second Bethany Tierney’s letter “Important To Vote For Judges” published Thursday in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Recall that several years ago, a judge working in our judicial district was seen as particularly soft on a high profile crime that occurred up here in Los Alamos*. Although the former Judge, the Honorable Sheri Raphaelson, did not win approval from the state Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission**, most of our judicial district voted to retain her. She barely missed the minimum retention voting percentage, entirely due to the overwhelming negative vote from Los Alamos County.

So indeed, it is important to vote in judicial elections, either for or against a judge, especially given Los Alamos has its own, sometimes unique point of view in these matters. Our voice needs to be heard,
loudly and clearly. And as that 2014 election made clear, we did make a difference.

*  http://northmesamutts.blogspot.com/2014/02/catch-and-release-saga-of-judge.html
** http://www.nmjpec.org/en/judge-evaluation?election_id=204&year=2014

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