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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Ind. Courts - Not a Good Primary for Incumbent Judges Who Faced Challengers

Commentary by Joel Schumm, professor at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Updating this April 29 post, the table listing races in which (non-Marion County) incumbent judges faced a primary challenge has been updated to show the winning candidate in bold.

Of the nine races, nearly half (four) of the incumbent judges lost. The two judges who switched parties (Coriden and Smith), however, handily won the Republican primaries in their counties. This year, as in the past, the vast majority of incumbent judges faced no opponent.

In Marion County, the eight candidates slated by Democratic party (including the four incumbent judges) prevailed easily over the three non-slated challengers. A $14,000 “voluntary contribution”/slating fee may seem like a bargain if it nearly assures victory for a six-year judgeship that pays more than $130,000 annually.

Incumbent Center Township Small Claims Judge Michelle Smith Scott, who clashed with party officials about moving her court out of the City-County Building, lost to Brenda Roper, the party’s slated candidate.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 7, 2014 09:41 AM
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