Meet Your Candidates for Judge of the Superior Court

Meet Your Candidates for Judge of the Superior Court

We used three main tools to introduce you to your candidates for Judge of the Superior Court:

Other considerations in choosing a candidate for Judge of the Superior Court might include:

  • Do their candidate statements align with your values?
  • Do their endorsements align with your values?
  • Will their election increase diverse points of view on the bench?

In the March 2020 Primary, 12 Superior Court seats are up for election:

Office No. 17

Shannon Kathleen Cooley – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

Newsworthy mentions:

  • daughter of former County District Attorney Steve Cooley

Cooley is running unopposed. More information about the candidate here.

Office No. 42

Linda L. Sun – Deputy Attorney General, State of California

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Efficient management of court calendar so that no one’s time is wasted.
  • Preserve the integrity of the judiciary through fair administration of justice.
  • Guarantee equal access to justice for all by treating everyone with fairness, sensitivity and dignity.

Featured Endorsements:

  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Club
  • National Women’s Political Caucus

Robert “Bob” Villa

Top 3 Priorities:

  • To be fair to all sides when dealing with the public appearing before the court.
  • To be firm when firmness is required.
  • To be an honest, hardworking bench officer that each side wants to appear before.

Featured Endorsements:

  • Former Los Angeles County District Attorney, Honorable Steve Cooley
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey

More information about these candidates for Office No. 42 here.

Los Angeles County Bar Association ratings for these Superior Court candidates:

Linda L. Sun …………………………………Qualified
Robert ‘Bob’ Villa ………………………..Well Qualified

Office No. 72

Steve Morgan – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Ensure fairness in the courtroom
  • Maintain integrity in all Judicial proceedings
  • Ensure Justice for All

Featured Endorsements:

  • The Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor 
  • Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)

Robert F. Jacobs – Attorney at Law

Top 3 Priorities:

  • My experience as an immigration attorney for over 21 years reinforced my commitment to ensure everyone has equal access to justice regardless of race, socioeconomic background, political affiliation or sexual orientation.
  • Having represented thousands of clients in court, I vow to dispense justice and make sure all who come before the court are treated equally, fairly, and with compassion & dignity.
  • I will work ethically & with integrity to increase public confidence in our judicial system.

Featured Endorsements:

  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Mexican American Bar Association – PAC
  • Foothill Community Democratic Club

Myanna Dellinger – Law Professor / Attorney

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Balanced justice: I have years of experience _behind the bench_ working for trial and appellate court judges on hundreds of cases. I judge people every day, keeping control of hundreds of people in a classroom.
  • Reduce the racial disparity in the criminal justice system – many more people of color than whites are arrested and jailed than whites. We also need more females on the bench. It is currently 75% male!
  • To provide greater access to justice – only about half of Los Angelenos can afford an attorney! I have ideas for short- and long-term solutions that can help.

Featured Endorsements (from campaign website):

  • Maxine Waters (D), Member of Congress, 43rd District, CA
  • Jackie Goldberg, Member, LAUSD Board of Education, District #5
  • National Women’s Political Caucus

More information about these candidates for Office No. 72 here.

Los Angeles County Bar Association ratings for these Superior Court candidates:

Myanna Dellinger ……………………….Not Qualified
Robert F. Jacobs …………………………Qualified
Steve Morgan ……………………………..Well Qualified

Office No. 76

Emily Cole – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Help victims of crime become whole again by seeking justice
  • Help mentally ill defendants seek treatment
  • Help drug addicted defendants seek treatment

Featured Endorsements:

  • Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)
  • Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA)
  • San Fernando Police Association

Judge Mike Cummins – Retired Counselor-at-Law

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Continue to respect the rights of jurors.
  • Continue to protect the rights of witnesses, victims, and the accused.
  • Continue to reject any attempt to interfere with the independence of our judiciary.

No Featured Endorsements found. Newsworthy mentions:

More information about these candidates for Office No. 76 here.

Los Angeles County Bar Association ratings for these Superior Court candidates:

Emily Cole …………………………………..Qualified
Judge Mike Cummins …………………Not Qualified

Office No. 80

Klint James McKay – Administrative Law Judge, California Department of Social Services

Top 3 Priorities (from campaign website):

  • ensure that the right result is determined and implemented in a fair and impartial manner
  • demonstrate judicial temperament and discretion
  • work with people of all kinds in a wide variety of situations

Featured Endorsements (from campaign website):

  • Carlos Ramirez, Former Senior Assistant Attorney General, California Department of Justice
  • Laura Sweet, Former Deputy Chief of Enforcement, Medical Board of California
  • SEIU Local 721Service Employees International Union
  • LA Progressive Majority Voter Guide

David A. Berger – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Juvenile Justice Reform
  • Fair and Equal Justice for All
  • Ensure adequate and competent representation for all parties

Featured Endorsements:

  • Hon. Steve Cooley, Former Los Angeles County District Attorney (2000-2012)
  • Hon John J. Duran, Councilmember and former Mayor, City of West Hollywood
  • Hon. John A. Mirisch, Mayor, City of Beverly Hills

Nick C. Rini – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Insure equal justice for all defendants and all victims.
  • Re-direct juvenile offenders away from an adult life of crime through education and community services. The juvenile succeeds and the community is safer.
  • Increase accessibility to the court system for all those people that have suffered from crime or civil wrongs.

Featured Endorsements:

  • The Honorable Daniel J. Buckley – Past Presiding Judge for all the Los Angeles Superior Courts
  • The Honorable Sam Ohta – Presiding Judge for all Los Angeles Criminal Superior Courts

More information about these candidates for Office No. 80 here.

Los Angeles County Bar Association ratings for these Superior Court candidates:

David A. Berger …………………………..Qualified
Klint James McKay ……………………..Well Qualified
Nick C. Rini ………………………………….Qualified

Office No. 97

Timothy D. Reuben – Attorney / Business Owner

Top 3 Priorities:

  • To avoid the delay that often is caused by a clogged court system.
  • To lobby for a more efficient process to lessen the time and cost for all parties.
  • To assure that all parties have a fair and impartial hearing and a prompt response.

Featured Endorsements:

  • Judge Judith Chirlin (LASC, ret.)
  • Actor Ed Asner
  • Judge Enrique Romero (LASC ret.)

Sherry L. Powell – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Increase access to the court system for all regardless of socio-economic status, race, culture, religion, gender, and sexual orientation
  • Increase courtroom efficiency
  • Improve access to all courthouses, courtrooms, and parking structures for the disabled, especially for community members in wheelchairs

Featured Endorsements:

  • The Hon. Kevin Brazile, Presiding Judge of Los Angeles County Courts and all Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)

More information about these candidates for Office No. 97 here.

Los Angeles County Bar Association ratings for these Superior Court candidates:

Sherry L. Powell ……………………………Qualified
Timothy D. Reuben ……………………..Well Qualified

Office No. 129

Mark MacCarley – Lawyer

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Make the court system work for everyone, regardless of means, where all who appear before the court are treated with respect.
  • Make the court system function so that all cases are timely and fairly resolved.
  • Recognize the special needs and challenges of Veterans, the disabled, and people of diversity when they appear before the court.

No Featured Endorsements. Newsworthy mentions:

  • retired in 2015 from the Army as a Major General

Bruce A. Moss – Attorney at Law

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Be fair.
  • Ensure justice for all.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards.

Featured Endorsements:

  • Judge Huey Cotton, Supervising Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court (Van Nuys)
  • Judge Michael Amerian of the Los Angeles Superior Court (Van Nuys)
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Diego Edber
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Valerie L. Skeba (Lancaster)

Kenneth M. Fuller – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Provide impartial, fair, administration of justice in the courtroom.
  • Administer an efficient and productive case calendar that eliminates congestion in the court system.
  • Display respect and professionalism toward litigants, defendants, victims of crime, and all members of the public who appear in court.

Featured Endorsements:

  • Los Angeles Federation of Labor
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Los Angeles Police Protective League

More information about these candidates for Office No. 129 here.

Los Angeles County Bar Association ratings for these Superior Court candidates:

Kenneth M. Fuller ………………………..Qualified
Mark MacCarley …………………………Qualified
Bruce A. Moss ……………………………..Qualified

Office No. 131

Michelle Kelley – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
Kelley is running unopposed. More information about the candidate here.

Office No. 141

Lana Kim – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
Kim is running unopposed. More information about the candidate here.

Office No. 145

Troy Slaten – Attorney / Legal Commentator

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Protecting the Public
  • Maintaining a courtroom where the law is followed and all parties are treated fairly and respectfully in an unbiased and impartial forum
  • Equal access for all while efficiently and effectively managing the courtroom to ensure all parties have a fair opportunity to be heard.

Featured Endorsements:

  • AFSCME – Representing Public Defenders and Courtroom Clerks
  • Judges, Law Professors, Labor, Firefighters, Law Enforcememt
  • WeTip – National Human Trafficking Tipline

Adan Mantalban – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Provide equal access to justice for all through the fair, timely and efficient resolution of all cases.
  • Provide a fair opportunity to be heard.
  • Exercise fairness, impartiality and balance in judicial decisions.

Featured Endorsements:

  • The Hon. Kevin Brazile, Presiding Judge of Los Angeles County Courts (Manages over 400 LA Superior Court Judges)
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO (Representing over 300 unions and over 800,000 workers)
  • Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPD Union)

More information about these candidates for Office No. 145 here.

Los Angeles County Bar Association ratings for these Superior Court candidates:

Adan Montalban ………………………..Qualified
Troy Slaten …………………………………..Qualified

Office No. 150

Sherri Onica Valle Cole – Attorney-at-Law

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Reform Criminal Justice System with Focus on Mental Health
  • Create services on evening and weekends for pro per litigants
  • Improve access to courthouse for disabled litigants

Featured Endorsements:

  • Americans for Democratic Action. Southern CA Chapter and National Board
  • San Pedro Democratic Club
  • Canada Crescenta Democratic Club

Tom Parsekian – Attorney / Moderator

Top 3 Priorities:

  • With heavy case workloads and limited resources, I would work to increase funding to the courts to benefit all living within the county, as more affordable access to the courts and faster adjudication of issues would lead to more equal justice.
  • Returning live court reporters to every civil courtroom. Many times recording devices do not make accurate and/or intelligible records, leaving civil litigants disadvantaged.
  • Attracting judges without bias, prejudice, preconceived notions or external influences to the bench, for better administration of justice. Judges must be able to take all those appearing with equal measures of empathy, civility, and respect.

Featured Endorsements:

  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Hon. Adam Schiff, U.S. Representative, 28th Congressional District

Manuel Alejandro Almada – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Fair and accurate application of the law
  • Provide the public with a safe and respectful opportunity to be heard
  • Make legal decisions with compassion and efficiency

Featured Endorsements:

  • Hon. Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney
  • Hon. Steve Cooley, Former Los Angeles County District Attorney (2000-2012)
  • Hon. Joyce Dudley, Santa Barbara County District Attorney

More information about these candidates for Office No. 150 here.

Los Angeles County Bar Association ratings for these Superior Court candidates:

Manuel Alejandro Almada…………Qualified
Sherri Onica Valle Cole………………Not Qualified
Tom Parsekian…………………………Qualified

Office No. 162

Scott Andrew Yang – Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Be a fair and impartial Judge.
  • Ensure Justice for all that enter the courtroom.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards.

Featured Endorsements:

  • The Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
  • Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)

David D. Diamond – Attorney / Adjunct Professor

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Be fair and impartial for every litigant.
  • Create a mutually respectful environment in the courtroom setting.
  • Be open, transparent, honest and fair to every participant in the court proceedings.

Featured Endorsements:

  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stacey Wiese
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hilleri Merritt
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Katherine Mader (CCB)

Caree Annette Harper – Attorney / Radio Producer

Top 3 Priorities:

  • Ensure that everyone is heard, and make sure that all litigants have due process in an efficiently ran courtroom.
  • To be fair and impartial and also maintain the appearance of fairness & impartiality.
  • To treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Featured Endorsements:

  • Stevie Wonder’s KJLH Radio host Dominique DiPrima of The FrontPage show
  • Culver City Councilman Daniel Lee
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters

More information about these candidates for Office No. 162 here.

Los Angeles County Bar Association ratings for these Superior Court candidates:

David D. Diamond……………………Well Qualified
Caree Annette Harper……………….Not Qualified
Scott Andrew Yang…………………..Well Qualified

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