Sunday, November 6, 2016

2016 Judicial Elections - Recap of Candidates, Endorsements, Media Coverage

Two days to go before the November 8, 2016 General Election, and the Los Angeles Dragnet breaks its self-imposed moratorium on judicial election coverage to provide a review of the candidates and their endorsements.

Eight candidates are vying for four open seats on the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Six of the candidates are Deputy District Attorneys, one is a Civil Litigator for the Attorney General's Office, the other is an immigration attorney. 

Los Angeles Times

Perhaps the Holy Grail of endorsements for any candidate, the LA Times endorsements are even more important for candidates in 'down ballot' races where most voters would otherwise have little or no other information to guide their decisions.

The LA Times picks the best choices for Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
The LA Times endorsed Steven Schreiner for Office 11, Efrain Aceves for Office 42, Susan Jung Townsend for Office 84, and David Berger for Office 158.

The Times' endorsements for Schreiner, Townsend, and Berger were first published ahead of the Primary Election which saw all three win places in the upcoming runoff in November 8, 2016 General Election.

The Times has not changed its position on all three. The Time's endorsement of Aceves did not occur until after the Primary election when the Times' original pick for Office 42 failed to garner enough votes for the runoff.

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Just as the LA Times has a wide readership among the general public, the Met News is widely read among the legal community and provides the most in-depth analysis of the candidates.

The Metropolitan News-Enterprise Judicial Endorsements, November 3, 2016.
The Met News summary of its Judicial Endorsements was published on November 3, 2016, and drew on its extensive research and analysis. Their endorsements appear below:

Office No. 11: Steven Schreiner

Office No. 42: Efrain Aceves

Office No. 84: Susan Jung Townsend

Office No. 158: David A. Berger

KPCC "Meet the Judges"

In contrast to the LA Times and the Met News, KPCC's mid-morning "Take Two" show did not endorse or recommend any particular candidate. Instead KPCC broadcast a series of recordings made by each candidate in response to off air questions.

KPCC's Take Two program broadcast short audio segments on each candidate without editorial comment.
Each of the candidates' responses to the off air questions can be found on the KPCC website on their "Meet the Judges" page. Direct links to the candidates appear below:

Office No. 11
Steven Schreiner
Debra Archuleta

Office No. 42
Efrain Aceves
Alicia Molina

Office No. 84
Susan Jung Townsend
Javier Perez

Office No. 158
David Berger
Kim Nguyen

Charter Communications - Local Edition

Brad Pomerance, host of Charter Local Edition, conducted a series of interviews with the candidates broadcast on Charter's cable tv network.

Office 11: Steven Schreiner & Debra Archuleta

 Office 42: Efrain Aceves (candidate Alicia Molina did not participate)

Office 84: Susan Jung Townsend & Javier Perez

Office 158: David Berger & Kim Nguyen

Election Results

While the nation will be focused on the Presidential Election, those interested in the Judicial Election will be able to obtain information from the LA County Registrar-Recorder's website:

Polls close at 8PM and typically, within 10 or 20 minutes, the first results of the vote by mail ballots will be released.

The Registrar Recorder appears to have a new 'Live Election Night Video Stream' not seen before, so it's unclear how this will operate.

Text based live results should also be available from: 

In the interests of full disclosure, the Los Angeles Dragnet is edited by David Berger, candidate for Superior Court Judge, Office No. 158. Any and all opinions expressed here are personal and are not reflective of any opinion, position or view of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.