California Voter Guide—Judges up for election

Who are these people running, anyway?

By Craig Huey

JudgeVoteEditor’s note: By now, most of you have received your sample ballots. Most people have no idea who the judges/candidates are. Craig Huey, a direct marketing professional, who has run for Congress, who has monitored judges for a long time, knows more than most people and offers his publication:, which explains the criteria and offers his recommendations in all areas which he monitors in California. Regardless of your political persuasion, it’s a bad idea to vote for judicial activists, because they attempt to make law rather than interpret it. Legislators make law. The judiciary is only supposed to interpret it.  Judges should be non-political. Mr. Huey’s ratings favor Judges who follow the Constitution and law.


California Judge Voter Guide

Judge Voter Guide, Recommendations & Results for California Superior Court Judges
We have displayed the judicial candidates running for election in Ventura County below.
Our Judge Voter Guide  for California’s November 4th General Election will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns. This guide ranks every aspect of a candidate’s record according to experience, integrity and commitment to community.

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   Need to take a look a specific county? Go to the list of counties here or scroll down.


Your recommendations guide for the California Supreme Court race between

Kathryn Mickle WerdegarGoodwin Liu and Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.

  • Kathryn Mickle Werdegar 6(JI: 4, Q: 9) YES
  • Goodwin Liu– 4 (JI: 1, Q: 7) NO
  • Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar 5 (JI: 3, Q: 8) NO 


Also in the report, California Court of Appeals district and California Superior Courts county races.

Warning: Do NOT Vote for a Judicial Activist

How important is it for you
to vote for the right judges?

   Judges sitting on California courts may be incompetent, corrupt or lazy.

Even worse, many are political opportunists with a political agenda. They are “judicial activists.” A judicial activist legislates from the bench. Instead of strictly interpreting California law, these judges make the laws. Instead of applying the law to facts, they impose their own values on us all.

It is the voters of California and the legislatures that are supposed to make laws. Not judges. In fact, these judges ignore the law in favor of their own liberal, left-wing, anti-family agendas.

Legislating from the bench, these judges destroy or weaken constitutional protection, votes by the people, family values, marriage, religious liberty and economic freedom.

Judicial activists have:

  • Overturned voter-passed initiatives and laws passed by the state legislature, simply because they personally have a different belief system. They twist the law to rationalize their decisions.
  • Imposed their own moral codes, political beliefs and secular values in an effort to reshape our society and promote social engineering.

The proper role of a judge is to fairly interpret the law to the facts of a particular case in order to arrive at a fair judgment. But that is not happening today in many courts.

   Instead, activist judges have been advancing a political agenda that:

  • Destroys the separation of powers
  • Weakens the structure of federalism
  • Usurps the right of the people to govern themselves
  • Undermines protection of religious freedoms and the First Amendment
  • Seeks to impose humanism, multiculturalism, relativism and internationalism on us, regardless of the people’s will
  • Is biased against free enterprise and is anti-growth—resulting in higher taxes and less opportunity for our future

Pure and simple, it’s politics from the bench.

We research the candidates very carefully. We talk to many on the phone. We have evaluated their rulings, who appointed them, their endorsements and other criteria. Our recommendations are posted here for every judicial election.


Judicial Index (JI)JI rating scale

  • Positions
  • Contributions
  • Rulings
  • Statements


Qualifications (Q)qualifications rating scale


  • Experience
  • Reputation
  • Integrity
  • American Bar
    Association ratings

How we come up with a final rating

We come up with the final rating by taking the average of the candidate’s Judicial Index and Qualifications. For example, if the candidate had a Judicial Index of 8 and Qualifications of 6, their overall rating would be 7.

How the state chooses the winner

Most Superior Court races are two candidates running against each other and the one with the most votes win.


VENTURA (to top)


Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 1

  • Frances Rothschild– 5(JI: 1, Q: 9) NO
  • Jeffrey W. Johnson– 8(JI: 6, Q: 10) YES

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 2

  • Brian M. Hoffstadt– 4(JI: 1, Q: 7) NO

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 3

  • Lee Anne Edmon– 4(JI: 1, Q: 7) NO

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 4

  • Nora M. Manella– 7(JI: 4, Q: 9) YES
  • Audrey B. Collins– 5(JI: 3, Q: 7) NO

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 5

  • Paul A. Turner– 8(JI: 7, Q: 8) YES

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 6

  • Kenneth R. Yegan– (JI: 7, Q: 9) YES

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 7

  • Dennis M. Perluss– (JI: 2, Q: 8) NO

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 8

  • Madeleine I. Flier– 3(JI: 1, Q: 6) NO
  • Laurence D. Rubin– 5(JI: 0, Q: 10) NO  



Craig A. Huey is publisher of the industry newsletter Direct Response and president of Creative Direct Marketing Group (CDMG), a full-service direct response advertising agency. He is also president of InfoMat, a leading email and postal mailing list brokerage and management company. He is recognized as one of the top direct response marketing experts in the nation.


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