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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ind. Courts - Libertarian running for Marion Superior Court?

The ILB this evening saw a copy of an email sent out today by the IndyBar titled "IndyBar Supplemental Judicial Evaluation - response due by Oct. 28." The message began [ILB emphasis]:

Indianapolis has long been fortunate to have well-qualified jurists on the Superior Court bench. In support of that goal the Indianapolis Bar Association ("IndyBar") has conducted judicial evaluations for more than 20 years. The intent is to educate the public on the qualifications of candidates for judicial office. A Libertarian candidate has joined the ballot with the Democratic and Republican candidates selected in the May primary election. Therefore, this survey is to supplement our efforts from earlier this year.

Please accept this invitation to review the survey related to this additional candidate and, if appropriate, complete it.

The message does not identify the candidate. He is identified as "Jeffrey H. Knoop" in the survey itself.

The ILB googled Mr. Knoop and found the website of Jeffrey Knoop for Judge, a blog with a single post, dated March 19, 2012, reading "Vote for Jeffrey Knoop for Marion County Superior Court Judge on November 6, 2012."

First I wondered why the IndyBar was so late in adding Mr. Knoop to its survey. Then I wondered whether Knoop was on the ballot - people are already voting, in person and by absentee ballot.

A quick check of the sample ballot I printed out Tuesday showed only the Republican and Democratic candidates for Superior Court, no Libertarian candidate for judge.

Speculation is that the Libertarian neglected to file with the Secretary of State and that the IndyBar sent out its survey email late this afternoon by mistake. Would be pleased to learn more ...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 18, 2012 08:34 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts