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Santa Clara County, CA June 3, 2014 Election
Judge - Superior Court; County of Santa Clara; Office 24 Voter Information

6 Year Term.

A runoff may be held on 11/04/14 between the top 2 candidates who received the most votes if neither receives a majority. If one candidate receives a majority of votes in this election, that candidate wins and no runoff will be held.

Results as of Jul 9 6:44pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1026/1026)

Runoff Election 11/04/14

Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Matthew S. Harris Click here for more information about this candidate 99174 votes 46.24%

    Official Ballot Statement

  • Occupation: Deputy District Attorney
  • Award winning, highly experienced and respected prosecutor of 23 years, including as a Special Assistant United States Attorney
  • Handled homicides, including capital homicide, gangs, sexual assaults, DUI murder, and major white collar frauds
  • Community Prosecutor working to stop crime by improving neighborhood quality of life
  • Extensive civil litigation experience, including Consumer Protection
  • University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Married for 20 years, 2 children, volunteer youth sports coach
  • Fair and impartial decisions based on the law
  • Respect for everyone
  • Preserve the the rights of victims and the accused
Diane Ritchie Click here for more information about this candidate 90899 votes 42.38%

    Official Ballot Statement

  • Occupation: Judge of the Superior Court
  • Elected Judge of Superior Court 2008, after 27 years as a lawyer. I am one of a little over one third of judges who are women in our county.
  • I have been tough on crime, innovative, treated people equally and fairly, and helped people resolve their cases.
  • As a judge in criminal court, I applied the law even when attorneys objected. I gave severe enough sentences to create a real change in the behavior
  • As a civil trial judge, I help parties settle over 30% the cases before me. The parties get a resolution that exactly fits their case and avoid trial
  • Experience is the most important qualification in a judge. I have more than five years of experience. I have presided over thousands of cases.
  • I have been sucessful in criminal and in civil court. I have never been overturned by an Appellate Court.
  • Tough - When a defendant is convicted, Judge Ritchie provides a severe enough sentence to ensure they do not harm innocent people in our community.
  • Experienced - Judge Ritchie has more than 5 years as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County. She has presided over both criminal and civil case
  • Fair - Being fair to all who enter their courtroom, because everyone deserves respect.
Annrae M. Angel Click here for more information about this candidate 24410 votes 11.38%

    Official Ballot Statement

  • Occupation: Independent Private Attorney
  • 21 years of experience representing indigent clients in Santa Clara County criminal courts.
  • Extensive trial experience including capital cases, homicide, gang, drug , theft and other crimes.
  • Supported and Respected by colleagues as dedicated, skilled, knowledgable and highly qualified to serve as Judge.
  • Volunteers to serve as a temporary judge in small claims court.
  • Born and Educated in California. JD earned at McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA, 1991.
  • BA earned at Sonoma State University 1988: Majors in Business Management and Political Science.
  • I will respect and be accountable to the court, individuals and the community. I will maintain order, fairness and justice for all in court.
  • I understand and appreciate that the Judicial Process is an important part Democracy; courts must uphold the law and defend constitutional rights.
  • I will be a public servant who knows the law, respects people and will always remain fair and impartial while using appropriate judicial discretion.

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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 Bias.

Official Information

State of California, Superior Court

Nonpartisan Information

Fair and Free:PSA from the National Association of Women Judges Informed Voters Project

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