As published in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Letters Page

Partisanship inevitable in judicial races

October 23, 2006

Re: “Partisanship has too large a role in judicial races.”

Voters usually skip the judicial races because they lack information about judicial nominees. Since voters do not know if the nominee is a Republican, Democrat or other party member, they need clues about what the nominee would do if elected to the bench.

Idealists would appreciate an independent judiciary, however everything is political. Political parties want to make these nonpartisan elections partisan because they understand that many of these nonpartisan elected officials are the future farm team for state legislative and congressional offices.

If only we had instant runoff voting implemented in San Bernardino County, we would not have this internal argument within the county Republican Party.

– MATT MUNSON, Ontario

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