Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version Share this


June 9, 2010 – Perhaps the most stinging defeat in San Diego’s June 8th California election went to conservative Christian judges backed by Better Courts Now, an organization seeking to oust four incumbent judges.


All four sitting judges won by hefty margins, each garnering about two-thirds of the vote. Judges Lantz Lewis, Joel Wholfeil, Robert Longstreth and DeAnn Salcido all won reelection.


The challengers--Craig Candelore, Larry "Jake" Kincaid, Bill Trask and Harold J. Coleman Jr. --all failed in their bid for election, despite backing of pastors, religious conservatives, gun advocates, and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriage.

Error message

Support community news in the public interest! As nonprofit news, we rely on donations from the public to fund our reporting -- not special interests. Please donate to sustain East County Magazine's local reporting and/or wildfire alerts at to help us keep people safe and informed across our region.


Yea the atheist jugdes win, and another story repeats old news!

"Better Courts Now" wants to inform the public on who are judges are? Since the public knows nothing about then and they make up one third of our government. Most people don't know that the California Constitution calls for all three branches of government to be held in elections. In San Diego County over 77% of judges are appointed, and over 80% of the judges are ex-prosecutors. Better Courts Now wants to bring awareness to the fact that some judges are legislating form the bench. Judges are suppose to uphold the law and not make the law, the legislature makes the law.

Better Courts Now wants the public to be asked: (1) Should judges be elected or appointed? (2) Do we want judges who are atheist, have faith and or someone who is in fear of practicing their faith openly? (3) Why do appointed judges never appear on the ballot and why is a select few appointing judges with out the public's awareness and vote? (4) Why do judges give the public the “silent treatment” and keep their faith or lack of faith, out of the public's attention.(5) What kinds of values and characteristics do we want in a judge?
(6) Why are our courts currently being rated by government agencies as: "losing perceived impartiality and fairness", (Sited from the three judicial surveys below)

A. Elkins Report:

B. Trust and Confidence in the California Courts: (see pages 17,27 &28)

C. Commission for Impartial Courts: Final Report 2009: (see pages 37, 38, 60, 74, 102-106)

Visit: or

There is no evidence of any of the judges being atheists.

What is your source on that?  Just because they are not endorsed by a fundamentalist Christian backed organization doesn't mean that they are atheists, or even non-Christians. 


It is certainly fair for an organization to educate voters about judges' voting records and values, but not to make up false statements not backed by facts.