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Santa Clara County, CA November 4, 2014 Election
Judge - Superior Court; County of Santa Clara; Office 24 Voter Information

6 Year Term.

Results as of Dec 28 11:41am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1066/1066)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Matthew Harris Click here for more information about this candidate 157242 votes 53.71%

  • 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 rights of victims and the accused
Diane Ritchie Click here for more information about this candidate 135494 votes 46.29%
  • 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.

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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.


Meet & Greet

  • 9/28/14, 1-3 PM
    Los Altos Youth Center
    1 N. San Antonio Road
    Los Altos, CA 94024
    Sponsored by: League of Women Voters, Los Altos-Mountain View Area; American Association of University Women Los Altos Mountain View; and Los Altos Library
Candidate Forums
  • 10/13/14, 8:20-9 PM
    Cupertino Community Hall
    10350 Torre Avenue
    Cupertino, CA
    Sponsored by: League of Women Voters, Cupertino-Sunnyvale, and APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs)

Video of the Candidate Forum on 10/13/14

Candidate Statements
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