Nevada City May 11, 2012 - The Nevada County Bar Association has announced the results of its plebiscite poll, which finds Judge Tom Anderson to be the "Best Qualified" candidate standing for Nevada County Superior Court Judge, Seat 1.
"I am honored that Nevada County's Bar members feel I'm the best qualified to run an impartial courtroom," Judge Anderson stated in response to the results. "Bar Association members understand what the job of judge entails. They understand that a judge must maintain a judicial temperament and preside with integrity. They understand the importance of a judicial branch standing firmly on the principles of the US Constitution."
"I've worked hard," he continued, "to establish a reputation of integrity, respect, effectiveness, and fidelity to the law. I will continue to do so. I feel honored to have the confidence and support of the Nevada County Bar Association members."
Judge Anderson has nearly three decades of experience in the courtroom, including serving for the past five years as Nevada County Superior Court Judge and for the past two as Presiding Judge. Prior to taking the bench in 2007, Judge Anderson had ten years experience as a county administrator, six of which were as Nevada County Public Defender. Judge Anderson came to the bench with over 23 years courtroom experience and six years service as a hired Judge pro tem.
Judge Anderson is the only candidate who is in the Nevada County courtrooms on a near-daily basis. "I'm uniquely qualified to provide continuity," he said, "since I'm working in our courts daily and know the staff, the programs, and the system in a manner only a local judge with 'hands-on' experience can."
Nevada County attorneys were offered the opportunity to rank candidates for judge as "Best Qualified" and "Least Qualified." Judge Anderson earned the "Best Qualified" ranking from more than 90% of participating members.
NEVADA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION PLEBISCITE RESULTS
Judge Tom Anderson
--Best Qualified: 32
--Least Qualified: 1
Candidate George Smyrnos
--Best Qualified: 3
--Least Qualified: 28
Note: Not all ballots contained a response to each question; therefore the totals do not match up perfectly. In an effort to honor every vote, the NCBA did not discard any ballots for incompleteness.
Judge Anderson is endorsed for re-election by:
Honorable Bill Newsom, State Appeals Court Justice, retired
Honorable Candace S. Heidelberger, Assistant Presiding Judge, Nevada County Superior Court
Honorable Sean P. Dowling, Nevada County Superior Court Judge
Honorable Robert L. Tamietti, Nevada County Superior Court Judge
Honorable B. Scott Thomsen, Nevada County Superior Court Judge
Honorable Jane York-Punneo, Judge of the Superior Court, retired
Honorable R. Michael Smith, Judge of the Superior Court, retired
Honorable Carl Bryan, Nevada County Superior Court Judge, retired
Honorable John Darlington, Nevada County Superior Court Judge, retired
Honorable Al Dover, Nevada County Superior Court Judge, retired
Honorable Ersel Edwards, Nevada County Superior Court Judge, retired
Honorable Andy Holmer, Nevada County Superior Court Judge, retired
Honorable Francis W. Barclay, Presiding Judge, Modoc County Superior Court
Honorable Donald Cole Byrd, Presiding Judge, Glenn County Superior Court
Honorable Christopher R. Chandler, Presiding Judge, Sutter County Superior Court
Honorable David L. DeVore, Presiding Judge, Alpine County Superior Court
Honorable Debra L. Givens, Presiding Judge, Yuba County Superior Court
Honorable F. Donald Sokol, Presiding Judge, Lassen County Superior Court
Honorable F. Dana Walton, Presiding Judge, Mariposa County Superior Court
Honorable Peter Billiou Twede, Assistant Presiding Judge, Glenn County Superior Court
Honorable Cara L. Beatty, Shasta County Superior Court Judge
Honorable Wilson Curle, Shasta County Superior Court Judge, retired
Honorable Karen L. Dixon, Siskiyou County Superior Court Judge
Honorable Ira Kaufman, Plumas County Superior Court Judge
Honorable Thomas D. Kolpacoff, Alpine County Superior Court Judge
Honorable David S. Richmond, Amador County Superior Court Judge
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