May 16, 2006 Primary Election
NOTE: These are the only judicial candidates we
SUPREME COURT, POSITION 2
Paul De Muniz, Incumbent - Endorsed!
SUPREME COURT, POSITION 6
Jack Roberts - Endorsed!
COURT OF APPEALS, POSITION 5
Rick Haselton, Incumbent - Endorsed!
COURT OF APPEALS, POSITION 8
Jack L. Landau, Incumbent - Endorsed!
1ST DISTRICT (Jackson County), #9
Ron Grensky - Endorsed
2ND DISTRICT (Lane County), #14
Beverly Anderson - Endorsed!
3RD DISTRICT (Marion County), # 2
Ross Day - Endorsed!
4TH DISTRICT (Multnomah County), #31
Kathleen Payne - Endorsed!
5TH DISTRICT (Clackamas County), #11
Susie L. Huva - Endorsed!
6TH DISTRICT (Morrow and Umatilla County), #5
Steven Fogelson - Endorsed!
18TH DISTRICT (Clatsop County), #3
Don H. Haller, III - Endorsed!
20TH DIST. (Washington County), #6
Charlie Bailey - Endorsed!
20TH DIST. (Washington County), #13
Leon S. Colas - Endorsed!
for Republican Candidate for Governor!
We had intended to only endorse judicial candidates
in the 2006 Primary. However, the presence of an excellent candidate for
Governor in the Republican Primary has caused us to change our minds. We
strongly urge you to vote for Jason Atkinson in the Republican primary. And
don't just vote for him! Talk to your friends and neighbors about Jason and
volunteer to help his campaign. He is strongly anti-abortion, pro-family and
has been a strong supporter of private and home schools. He is also
committed to private property rights and low taxes. You can find out more
about him at:
If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing
So said G. K. Chesterton. This is not an endorsement of doing
things poorly. It's just another way of saying that if something
needs to be done, then it needs to be done, whether or not you think
you are doing it masterfully.
We hope to eventually do a masterful job of producing PEAPAC's
Judicial Candidates Voters Guide. When that day arrives, we will
honor Judge William C. Beers by dedicating our work to him and his
memory. He was an outstanding Christian man and District Court judge
here in Oregon.
Today we are doing a necessary job, but doing it "badly," because
it is so important that it gets done in any fashion. Crawling comes
before walking, and then finally running. But there are some who are
actively trying to prevent us from even crawling!
Unknown Activist Judges
Moses recounts the selection of judges for the people of God in
Deuteronomy 1:13. He said "Take your wise men, and understanding, and
known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you."
Known among your tribes. The problem is that most of the judicial
candidates are absolutely unknown to us! And these unknown judges
have wielded more and more power in our lives as they make law from
Judges are to enforce the laws that Legislators make. But
in just this past year judges, not lawmakers, have drastically
curtailed private property rights, overturned laws prohibiting live
sex shows in Oregon, and decided that parents have no right to
oversee the sexual education of their children.
We need to know if
those running for judicial office are going to engage in a radical
agenda of legislating from the bench, of moving our culture in
directions that our lawmakers would never take us.
But they won't
tell us. They have erected a high wall around themselves, known as
the Oregon Code of Judicial Conduct (www.osbar.org/rulesregs/cjc.htm).
Surely a code is necessary. But the way it is currently written and
enforced makes it nearly impossible for candidates to tell us if
they approve or disapprove of the radical judicial activism cited
above. Were a judicial candidate to tell us what he thinks about
these disastrous decisions, he may be punished for violating the
Code, endangering his career.
We worked hard to come up with a fairly innocuous ten
question survey for judicial candidates. They all could have
answered at least half of the questions, but a number said they
weren't allowed to answer them. We followed up with phone calls to
them. Still, we only received one survey back with any answers! Our
hope was to publish all 80 candidates' responses, but we can't
because we didn't get them.
We need to tear down the wall of anonymity that cloaks judicial
candidates. We need to have judges known to us!
The Basis for Our
1. Christian attorneys' evaluations of the candidates.
2. Internet research into endorsements, associations,
opinions and judicial records.
3. Recommendations and information from other
groups such as Oregon Right to Life, and Crime
Victims United of Oregon.
4. Personal conversations with those candidates who
would speak with us directly.
How To Use This Guide
1. Don't vote for a candidate just because he is the only one
running. If there is a significant under-vote this will help
us to change some of the ways these elections are held.
2. Someone may not be known to us, but may well be known to you. If
there are candidates we should have endorsed, please let us know.
This will help improve
our guide in the future.
3. The Appeals and Supreme Courts are elected by all of us. The
Circuit Court judges are elected by district. (For an overview of
Oregon's courts, see
The Appeals and Supreme Courts have power to set policy and support
or circumvent laws. But the Circuit Court can be a stepping stone
towards these positions. Have a long-term view and understand as
much as you can about the Circuit Court candidates in your district.