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.
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.