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State of California (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne Counties) November 3, 1998 General

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 5

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Becky Wiseman 334,709 votes 75.5%

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Appellate court judge since 1995
  • Trial court judge for 10 years
  • Outstanding Jurist for 1997, Kern County
  • Top ten professional women, Fresno Co.
  • Legal educator
  • Former prosecutor
  • Interpret the law fairly for San Joaquin Valley residents
  • Provide public outreach to San Joaquin Valley citizens
  • Aid regional communication between Valley trial courts
Jim Ardaiz 332,970 votes 74.6%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Presiding Justice
  • 1974 J.D. University of Cal. Hastings
  • 1970 B.A. Cal State Univesity, Fresno
  • 1974-80 District Attorney' Office,Fresnoo
  • 1980-88 Municipal and Superior Court
  • 1988 appointed Associate Justice 5th DCA
  • 1994 appointed Presiding Justice 5th DCA
  • increase ability of court to process cases
  • provide greater community education and outreach
  • provide trial courts with budget and operational education
Bert Levy 332,854 votes 75.4%
  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Superior Court Judge, 1989-1997
  • Presiding Judge, Family Law Dept. 1990-1996
  • Municipal Court Judge, 1988-1989
  • Private Law Practice, 1977-1988
  • Graduate, UOP McGeorge School of Law, 1977
  • Graduate, UC Davis, magna cum laude, 1974
  • Ensuring that the appellate court operates fairly, efficiently, and effectively
  • Providing clear and concise opinions that are easily understandable
  • Upholding the rule of law as set forth by the Constitution, the legislature, and the voters
Steve Vartabedian 316,280 votes 72.2%
  • Occupation: Associate Justice since 1989
  • Superior Court Judge, 1987-1989
  • Municipal Court Judge, 1983-1987
  • Justice Court Judge, 1981-1983
  • Former Partner, Vartabedian & Poochigian
  • Former Lecturer, Business Law, CSU-Fresno
  • JD-magna cum laude, Santa Clara Univ.
  • Adherence to the rule of law
  • Demystify any public misapprehension about the appellate process
  • Efficient yet personal attention to cases

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