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Election 2000 logo (sm) Voters Guide Calif. Primary - Mar. 7

 

NATIONAL AND STATEWIDE
Open primary mixes parties
Smaller parties offer more choices
Presidential primary is a mother lode
The presidential candidates on the issues
Other candidates in the presidenital race
A quiet GOP Senate campaign
Other candidates for the Senate seat

U.S. HOUSE
District 10
District 12
District 13
District 14
District 15
District 16
District 17

CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE
District 11
District 13
District 15

CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY
District 23
District 24
District 28
Districts 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27
(uncontested)

PROPOSITIONS
Voters facing 20 ballot measures
Pro, con, for and against

LOCAL RACES
Santa Clara County
Board of Supervisors
Superior Court
Los Altos Hills Council
San Jose Council
Water District
Open Space Authority
Ballot measures

Alameda County
Board of Supervisors
Board of Education
Ballot measures

San Mateo County
Board of Supervisors
Half Moon Bay Council
Ballot measures

Santa Cruz County
Board of Supervisors
District Attorney
Superior Court
Ballot measures

San Benito County
Board of Supervisors
Superior Court
Board of Education

GRAPHICS
How to use Pollstar ballot machine

Are we there yet? An explanation of the primary process

NEWS
Politics & Government on Mercury Center

Campaign 2000 at RealCities

RESOURCES ONLINE
California Secretary of State voter information
California Voter Foundation's nonpartisan guide
League of Women Voters' nonpartisan guide
Rough and Tumble, a daily snapshot on California politics

Alameda County
Monterey County
San Benito County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County

CREDITS

 
     

Posted at 11:13 a.m. PST Wednesday, February 16, 2000

SAN BENITO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Office 2

What's at stake? Five candidates are competing to fill the Superior Court seat being vacated in June by Tom Breen. Breen, a member of a San Benito County pioneer family, was appointed to the bench in March 1980.


PAUL BREEN

Who is this person? Paul Breen, 48, is a nephew of the judge and is a San Jose attorney. He is a judge pro tem, arbitrator and court-appointed referee, who has 18 years of civil trial practice. He earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1975 and his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1981.

Why is he running? Breen pledges to be tough on violent criminals and try to rehabilitate juvenile offenders.

MARIE T. BROWN

Who is this person? Marie Brown, 50, is an attorney who has practiced in San Benito County for 12 years. She has handled numerous court-appointed cases involving minors and has acted as judge pro tem in the county. Brown earned her undergraduate degree at the University of San Francisco and her law degree at Monterey College of Law.

Why is he running? Brown pledges to maintain the high standards of integrity of county courts.

HARRY DAMKAR

Who is this person? Harry Damkar, 48, has been district attorney since 1983. He has prosecuted more than 200 felony cases, including 26 homicides. Damkar practiced real estate, family and business law from 1977-79, when he became deputy district attorney. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of California-Davis in 1973 and a law degree from Santa Clara University in 1976.

Why is he running? Damkar says his knowledge and experience as well as a reputation for firmness and fairness will be assets. He also wants to continue his commitment to the community in public service.

PATRICK MARSHALL

Who is this person? Patrick Marshall, 53, has been in private practice since 1984 and a ``conflicts'' public defender since 1992. In private practice, he has specialized in real estate, business, wrongful termination of employment, and sexual harassment cases. Marshall worked as deputy district attorney from 1976 to 1983. He earned a master's degree from the University of Nevada and a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Why is he running? He pledges to improve procedures to increase court effectiveness and efficiency.

STEVE SANDERS

Who is this person? Steve Sanders (www.sandersforjudge.com), 44, is San Benito County counsel and has practiced law in the county for 15 years. As county counsel, he is the chief legal adviser to the board of supervisors and county departments. Sanders has also served as judge pro tem and was in private practice from 1984-1987, specializing in business law, personal injury, divorce and juvenile cases. He earned a degree at the University of California-Davis and a law degree at the University of the Pacific.

Why is he running? Sanders says he will quickly and fairly resolve civil disputes and impose appropriate criminal penalties.

   
       

Published February 20, 2000

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