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Santa Clara County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
Judge - Superior Court; County of Santa Clara; Office 5 Voter Information

6 Year Term.

Results as of Jul 3 3:58pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (874/874)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Paul Colin Click here for more information about this candidate 124,808 votes 55.07%

    Official Ballot Statement

  • Occupation: Deputy District Attorney
  • 19+ years as Deputy District Attorney
  • Before becoming an attorney, Paul had a business career for 15 years including - 9 years in High Tech
  • Graduated in 1977, B.A. in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from Clark University, Worcester, MA
  • Graduated in 1992, Juris Doctorate, from Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Resident of Santa Clara County for 20 years
  • Married 30 years
  • Follow the law with fairness and impartiality
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Honor with integrity the rights of victims and the accused
Christopher E. "Chris" Cobey Click here for more information about this candidate 64,589 votes 28.50%

    Official Ballot Statement

  • Occupation: Workplace Rights Attorney
  • Temporary Judge, appointed by the Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • 37 years as a practicing attorney (criminal, civil, juvenile law); specialty: employment litigation , counseling, and training
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for at-risk youth; trained in Milpitas; sworn in by Santa Clara County Superior Court Commissioner
  • Highest professional attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell ("AV") for more than 25 years; named "Super Lawyer" in employment litigation
  • Served as mayor (two terms); city council (two terms), planning commission, civil service commission; lecturer: SJSU, Mission College, UCSC Extension
  • Attended Pomona College; B.A., Stanford University (pol sci., with distinction/honors); J.D., UC Davis (Martin Luther King Hall; law review)
  • Firm, fair, and informed on criminal and juvenile cases, including sentencing and treatment options for substance abusers
  • Bringing my criminal, civil, juvenile (CASA), and ADR state court and federal court experience to the Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Treatment of all court participants (parties, attorneys, jurors, witnesses) with dignity and respect
Alexis Cerul Click here for more information about this candidate 37,253 votes 16.44%

    Official Ballot Statement

  • Occupation: Judicial Staff Attorney
  • University of San Francisco - J.D.
  • University of Edinburgh, Scotland - Law Studies
  • Washington University in St. Louis - B.A.
  • Leader of the Criminal Division at the Hall of Justice
  • 16+ years with the Santa Clara County Superior Court
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  • I will bring neutrality, legal knowledge, and diplomacy to the bench.
  • For the citizens of Santa Clara County I promise to bring empathy and understanding to the bench.
  • Cases will be decided on the evidence and the law - not political expediency.

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  Candidates Answer Questions

The Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County has asked all candidates for this office to respond to 3 questions on Sentencing, Experience, and Eliminate Bias.

Official Information

The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

Candidate Statements Produced by Midpeninsula Community Media Center

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Candidates - Office #5
All candidates were invited to participate.

Candidate Forums

  • Thursday, May 24, 2012
    7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Mountain View City Hall, Council Chambers
    500 Castro ST
    Mountain View, CA
    (Parking available in the underground garage.)
  • Saturday, April 14, 2012
    10:00 a.m.
    Campbell Community Center, room C-35
    1 W. Campbell Ave
    Campbell, CA 95008
    (Enter on Winchester side to park.)
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