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By State Judge Races

Judges are rated on a scale of 1-10 — 10 being best. “Yes” means vote for the person, “no” means we do not recommend.

Alabama

Supreme Court Place 1: Greg Shaw (Uncontested)


Alaska

Alaska Intermediate Appellate Court; Retention Election

Tracey Wollenberg – Rating 3

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a No Vote for Tracy Wollenberg who is a Democrat, was appointed by Independent Governor Bill Walker, and has limited experience.

Alaska Supreme Court; Retention Election

Susan Carney – No rating 4

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a No Vote for Susan Carney who was appointed by Independent Governor Bill Walker, voted in favor of Planned Parenthood in a pro-abortion case, attends a liberal Catholic church, and is a member of liberal organizations.


Arizona


Arkansas


California Please see by county races.


Colorado

Colorado Intermediate Appellate Court; Retention Election

Daniel Taubman – No rating 3

John Webb – Yes rating 8

Craig Welling – No rating 4

Ted C. Tow – No rating 3

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend No Votes for Taubman, Welling, and Tow who have been appointed by Democratic governors. Recommend a Yes Vote for Webb who was appointed by pro-life Republican Bill Owens.

Colorado Supreme Court; Retention Election

Melissa Hart – rating 2

Carlos Armando Samour Jr. – rating 3

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend No Votes for both candidates. Both were appointed by Democratic governors, and Hart has contributed to liberal Democratic candidates and organizations.


Connecticut


Delaware

Florida

Florida First District Court of Appeal; Retention Election

Joeseph Lewis – Yes rating 7

Scott D. Maker – Yes rating 8

Timothy D. Osterhaus – Yes rating 8

L. Clayton Roberts – Yes rating 7

Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal; Retention Election

Kerry Evander – Yes rating 8

Jamie Rutland Grosshans – Yes rating 7

John M. Harris – Yes rating 7

Richard Orfinger – Yes rating 4

Meredith Sasso – Yes rating 7

Frederic Rand Wallis – Yes rating 7

Retention election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for all of the candidates. All were appointed by Republican governors and have performed well.

Florida Third District Court of Appeals; Retention Election

Monica Gordo – Yes rating 9

Eric Hendon – Yes rating 8

Fleur J. Lobree – Yes rating 8

Thomas W. Logue – No rating 5

Bronwyn C. Miller – Yes rating 7

Vance Salter – Yes rating 7

Florida Supreme Court; Retention Election

Carlos Muniz – Yes rating 8

Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal; Retention Election

Alan O. Forst – Yes rating 7

Mark W. Klingensmith – Yes rating 8

Martha Warner – Yes rating 7

Florida Second District Court f Appeal; Retention Election

J. Andrew Atkinson – Yes rating 8

Morris Silberman – Yes rating 8

Daniel H. Sleet Yes rating 7

Andrea Teves Smith – Yes rating 7


Georgia

Georgia Court of Appeal

Judy Aust (nonpartisan) – rating 7

Audrey Berland (nonpartisan) – rating 6

Bennett Bryan (nonpartisan) – rating 5

Sara Doyle (nonpartisan) – rating 8

Nicole Leet (nonpartisan) – rating 5

Tabitha Ponder Beckford (nonpartisan) – rating 4

Election takes place on May 19.

Recommendation: Recommend Sara Doyle who is the incumbent, wrote a Merry Christmas Facebook post saying “I believe”, and has been backed by conservatives in previous campaigns.


Hawaii


Idaho


Illinois

Indiana


Iowa

Iowa Supreme Court; Retention Election

Susan Christensen – Yes rating 7

Edward Mansfield – Yes rating 8

Christopher McDonald – Yes rating 8

Thomas Waterman – Yes rating 9

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for all candidates. All were appointed by Republican governors, and have shown a fairly conservative attitude towards marriage and abortion, particularly considering that they were working under state laws legalizing same-sex marriage and gender identity.

Iowa Intermediate Appellate Court; Retention Election

Thomas N. Bower

Sharon Soorholtz Greer

David May

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for all of the candidates as all were appointed by Republican governors.


Kansas


Kentucky

Primary for Kentucky Supreme Court; 7th District

Samuel T. Wright (nonpartisan)

Robert Conley (nonpartisan)

Chris Harris (nonpartisan)

Election takes place on May 19.

Recommendation: Recommend Robert Conley who is committed to following the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the law, is dedicated to Eastern Kentucky values, and has served as an Elder, Sunday School Teacher, and Bible Study Leader in his church.


Louisiana


Maine


Maryland

Maryland Court of Appeals; Retention Election

Mary Ellen Barbera – No rating 3

Brynja McDivitt Booth – Yes rating 5

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation:

Mary Ellen Barbera: Recommend a No Vote


Massachusetts


Michigan


Minnesota


Mississippi


Missouri


Montana

Nebraska

Nebraska Supreme Court; retention election

Jeffrey Funke – Yes rating 8

Lindsey Miller-Lerman – No rating 5

Nebraska Intermediate Appellate Court; Retention Election

David Arterburn – Yes rating 7

Michael Pirtle – Yes rating 7

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for both candidates. Both were appointed by Republican governors and both are registered as Republicans.


Nevada

General Election for Nevada Court of Appeals

Bonnie Bulla (nonpartisan) – rating 3

Susan Bush (nonpartisan) – rating 6

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Both candidates are Democrats. Recommend Susan Bush as the lesser of evils, as she has less liberal baggage associated with her and was endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Nevada in 2014.

Primary for Nevada Supreme Court; Seat B

Kris Pickering (nonpartisan) (incumbent) – Rating 4

Thomas Christensen (nonpartisan) – Rating 8

Esther Rodriguez (nonpartial) – Rating 5

Election takes place on June 9.

Recommendation: Recommend Thomas Christensen who is a Mormon, has contributed to 13 different Republican candidates and organizations, and has 39 years of legal experience.

Primary for Nevada Supreme Court; Seat D

Ozzie Fumo – rating 3

Douglas Herndon – rating 5

Erv Nelson – rating 9


New Hampshire


New Jersey


New Mexico

Appellate Court; State of New Mexico; Retention Election

Zachary Ives – No rating 4


New York


North Carolina

Appellate Court; State seat 13

Christopher Brook – rating 3

Jefferson Griffin – rating 6

Appellate Court; State seat 5

Lora Cubbage – rating 4

Willie Fred Gore – rating 7

Appellate Court Seat rating 4

Tricia Shields – rating 6

April C. Wood – rating 9

Supreme Court; Seat 1 Chief Justice

Cheri Beasley – rating 5

Paul Martin Newby – rating 9

Supreme Court; North Carolina, Seat 4

Mark A. Davis – rating 3

Tamera Barringer – rating 8

Appellate Court; State of North Carolina; Seat 7

Reuben Young – rating 3

Jeffery Carpenter – rating 7

Appellate Court; State of North Carolina; Seat 6

Gray Styers – rating 5

Chris Dillion – rating 8


North Dakota


Ohio

Ohio Intermediate Appellate Court, District 12, Headen’s Seat, Republican Primary Candidates

Mary Lynn Birck (Republican) – rating 7

Matthew Byrne (Republican) – rating 8

Bill Coley (Republican) – rating 7

Noah E. Powers II (Republican) – rating 7

Election takes place on March 17.

Recommendation: Recommend Matthew Byrne who is a strict constructionist, is strongly-pro-life, and has contributed to conservative, pro-life Republicans.

Ohio Intermediate Appellate Court, District 8, Headen’s Seat, Democratic Primary Candidates

Lisa Forbes (Democrat) – rating 3

Alyson Monroe Brown (Democrat) – rating 4

Gabriella Rosalina (Democrat) – rating 3

James W. Satola (Democrat) – rating 5

Election takes place on March 17.

Recommendation: All candidates are Democrats. Recommend James W. Satola as the lesser of evils, who has a low rating from the NAACP, will focus on fairness and integrity, and is not endorsed by any liberal politicians.

Ohio Intermediate Appellate Court, District 8, Blackmon’s Seat, Democratic Primary Candidates

Hugh Carlin (Democrat) – rating 7

Emanuella Groves (Democrat) – rating 3

Denise Nancy Rini (Democrat) – rating 5

Gayle Williams-Byers (Democrat) – rating 4

Election takes place on March 17.

Recommendation: All of the candidates are Democrats. Recommend Hugh Carlin who wants to use the law as a tool of justice, is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and has contributed to conservative Republicans.

Ohio Intermediate Appellate Court, District 2, Republican Primary Candidates

Chris Epley (Republican) – rating 6

Jeff Rezabek (Republican) – rating 7

Election takes place on March 17.

Recommendation: Recommend Jeff Rezabek who is a Republican, is endorsed by conservative Republicans, and is endorsed by Ohio Right to Life PAC.


Oklahoma

Oklahoma Intermediate Appellate Court; Retention Election

Deborah Barnes – No rating 2

Keith Rapp – No rating 3

Jane Wiseman – No rating 2

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: All are Democrats. Recommend a No Vote for all candidates as all were appointed by Democratic governors. In addition, Wiseman was the first officiant to perform a same-sex “wedding” in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals; Retention Election

Gary Lumpkin – Yes rating 7

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for Gary Lumpkin who has sat on the Court of Appeals for 31 years, was appointed by a Republican governor, and attends an evangelical Baptist church.

Oklahoma Supreme Court; Retention Election

Tom Colbert – Yes rating 6

Richard Darby – Yes rating 7

M. John Kane IV Yes rating 7

Dustin Rowe – Yes rating 8

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for all four candidates. All are conservative. Three are known Republicans and have been appointed by Republican governors. The fourth, Colbert, has been appointed by both a Republican and Democrat to judicial positions, but has a fairly conservative record.


Oregon


Pennsylvania

Rhode Island


South Carolina


South Dakota

South Dakota Supreme Court; Retention Election

Steven Jensen – Yes rating 6

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for Steven Jensen, who attended a Christian college, has been appointed by Republican governors, and has been described by a colleague as having a “Christian attitude”.


Tennessee

Appellate Court; State of Tennessee; Retention Election

Carma Dennia McGee – rating 9


Texas


Utah

Utah Intermediate Appellate Court; Retention Election

Michele Christiansen – Yes rating 8

Diana Hagen – Yes rating 7

Ryan M. Harris – Yes rating 7

David Mortensen – Yes rating 6

Gregory Orme – Yes rating 8

Jill Pohlman – Yes rating 7

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for all candidates. All have been appointed by Republican governors, have good qualifications, and have performed well.

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for all candidates. All have been appointed by Republican governors, have good qualifications, and have performed well.

Utah Supreme Court; Retention Election

John A. Pearce

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for John Pearce. Pearce has a mixed record but was appointed by a Republican Governor and has voted the right way on spanking and against a judge who used his position to criticize President Trump online.

Intermediate Appellate Court, Retention Election: (Nov 3rd) Yes vote for all candidates.


Vermont


Virginia


Washington


West Virginia

Supreme Court of Appeals

Tim Armstead – rating 8

David W. Hummel Jr. – rating 4

Richard Neely – rating 5


Wisconsin

General Election for Wisconsin Court of Appeals; District II

Paul Bugenhagen Jr. (nonpartisan) – rating 7

Lisa Neubauer (nonpartisan) – rating 4

Election takes place on April 7.

Recommendation: Recommend Paul Bugenhagen Jr. who says he is a church member and family man, wants to uphold the rule of law and the Constitution, and says he is committed to protecting religious freedom.

General Election for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Daniel Kelly (incumbent) – rating 7

Jill Karofsky – rating 3

Election takes place on April 7.

Recommendation: Recommend Daniel Kelly who is a conservative Republican, is a strict constructionist, is endorsed by a pro-life group, and supported Scalia’s dissent to the same-sex marriage case.


Wyoming

Wyoming Supreme Court; Retention Election

Lynne Boomgaarden – Yes rating 7

Kari Gray – Yes rating 7

Election takes place on November 3.

Recommendation: Recommend a Yes Vote for both candidates. They were both appointed by Republican governors and have contributed to Republican candidates.

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