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The Times endorses Elizabeth Berns for Superior Court judge
An endorsement for a low-rating candidate
Wow. The Times endorses someone with poor ratings from the organization that actually knows something about judicial candidates [“Superior court: Parisien, North, Berns, O’Donnell, Ramseyer,” editorial, Opinion, July 25].
Berns was given a low rating based on careful considerations. By contrast, The Times’ justification for endorsing her appears based on her three judicial recommendations and that she pro tems in District Court.
Her opponent, Eric Schmidt, is endorsed by 23 judges and justices, was rated “exceptionally well qualified” by the bar, and pro tems in Superior Court (the court to which they seek election), a vastly different court than the smaller, limited District Court. Further, Schmidt is the only candidate with a broad and deep legal background. Oh yes, he has a “calm, clear and direct manner” too.
— Tracy Antley-Olander, Seattle