This is the 3rd and final part of my election predictions. Happy reading!
COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE: Insert name here...... Seriously no duties, no pay, no responsibility.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Again County Commissioners have no responsibility, no job, and no pay but I will be casting my vote in "C" District for my friend Bob Heuglin.
CORONER: If you like business as usual such as insider deals and no competition then vote for Barbara Weakley Jones. This Department needs a serious investigation and house cleaning but Chapman just isn't strong enough to win it.
Jones by 5.
SOIL AND WATER DISTRICT SUPERVISORS: A supposed "non partisan" race is generally pretty partisan. But in this race you get to choose 3 with the top three vote getters serving. Paul Holliger is a definite to consider as he has, on behalf of the group STOP IT, really held the fire to those in power like MSD. He would be a natural for this position. I also believe Pat Thurman, who is retired and an activist would do a great job as well. My 3rd pick? Jim Rovenski a young professional who stays involved in the issues and has a bright future ahead of him.
Holliger, Rovenski, and Thurman should get the nod.
CONSTABLE 3RD MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT: This is the only Constable race I will weigh in on and primarily because of the players. David Whitlock spends a small fortune buying signs for a job that only pays $100 a month and one has to wonder why. Based on the history of Whitlock it is a wonder he can even be considered. Convicted of felony theft (later expunged after a diversion program) you would think he would stay out of something like this. Of course he doesn't. Why would he want this particular job so much? Maybe he is still in the business and needs the cover. I wouldn't know but it is an interesting contrast.
In the meantime Red Thompson is as good as it gets. A family man, experienced law enforcement, integrity, you name it he fits the bill.
Unfortunately for a race like this name recognition usually wins and Whitlock has bought a ton of it with sign placement legal and illegal.
Whitlock by 8.
I am only covering a couple of Judges races listed below. Feel free to chime in with other races in the comments section.
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE - 30TH DISTRICT-14TH DIVISION Pits Stephanie Burke against
Mason Trenaman. Though Trenaman is a sitting Judge incumbent right now he is the Judge in a differnet division than this one he seeks. In this race experience matters. While Stephanie Burke has an impressive resume Trenaman should have the edge based on experience. I believe the voters will vote his way.
Trenaman by 5.
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE - 30TH DISTRICT-3RD DIVISION provides us with an interesting twist. Incumbent Claude Prather is well recognized and is rated well by the latest bar survey. Newcomer Sandra McLaughlin has been in practice less than 10 years and has a shady legal past.
McLaughlin actually attacked a juror when the jury ruled against her in one of her cases. This in addition to some people she aligns herself with, and who are working for her in the Southend, is a real concern to many including me.
Judges must have an even temperament and be above reproach. Ms. McLauglin falls well short in both categories in my opinion. I trust the people to re elect Prather.
Prather by 7.
That's it for what I am covering folks. Chime in to all 3 parts and comment. Let me know what you think.