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Marin County, CA March 2, 2004 Election
Judge, Superior Court; County of Marin; Office 2 Voter Information

6 Year Term.

Results as of Mar 25 1:39pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (207/207)
(123 Writein Votes 0.2%)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Faye D'Opal Click here for more information about this candidate 19522 votes 28.58%

  • Occupation: Public Interest Attorney
  • 18 years experience as a community-based lawyer and small business owner with clients from all cultures and economic backgrounds
  • Serves Marin County as a Judge Pro-Tem, hearing evidence and deciding cases
  • Legal Director of the Legal Self-Help Center of Marin, increasing access for citizens to our legal system
  • Has litigated hundreds of contested legal cases and settled many more
  • Chair of Marin Community Foundation's Board of Trustees
  • Selected "Lawyer of the Year" by the Marin County Bar Association
  • While a Judge should have no "political" priorities, it is my belief that judges should work to improve access to our legal system for all
  • I will help our judiciary in its outreach to improve the public's confidence in our court system
  • I support, and have worked for innovative solutions to our community's problems including teen and adult drug courts
Paul Haakenson Click here for more information about this candidate 12460 votes 18.24%
  • Occupation: Deputy District Attorney
  • Supervisor of Domestic Violence Unit
  • Police liason and prosecutor sexual asault/child abuse unit
  • Thousands of hours of courtroom experience
  • Over 50 trials in Marin County Courts
  • Tough and vigilant prosecution of crimes against women and children
  • Prosecutor of many of Marin's most serious and high-profile crimes
  • Tough on violent crimes, in particular those perpetrated upon women and children
  • Strong believer in treatement for non-violent, mentally ill and drug addicted offenders
  • Will uphold reputation for being fair, honest and hard-working
Matt White Click here for more information about this candidate 11297 votes 16.54%
  • Occupation: Attorney/Arbitrator
  • Judge Pro Tem, judicial arbitrator, mediator for 14 years
  • President of Marin County Bar Association
  • Courtroom lawyer for 24 years in criminal law, civil law, family law, business law
  • Teaches trial skills, ethics and mediation to other attorneys
  • Fair, honest, impartial application of the law
  • Deep respect for legal principles, fair treatment for plaintiffs, defendants, witnesses, victims, and jurors
  • Extensive experience, dedication to community service
Bernard H. "Bernie" Meyers Click here for more information about this candidate 7476 votes 10.94%
  • Occupation: Attorney, Educator, and Novato City Councilmember
  • BS Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology; MS Physics, University of Michigan; JD, University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
  • Served 15 years with the US Dept. Of Justice, Antitrust Division; Recipient of Dept. of Justice Meritorious Award from the Attorney General
  • Judge Pro Tem in San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento, handling settlements, arbitrations, mediations, and small claims appeals
  • Elected to Novato City Council 1991-95, 2001; Mayor, 1995; currently Mayor Pro Tem; Novato Planning Commissioner 1987-89
  • Taught at San Quentin and Hastings School of Law; Substitute teacher in schools throughout Marin
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  • Preside fairly and expeditiously over all legal proceedings before me
  • Provide efficient and effective management of all court matters
  • Encourage use of new procedures and methods for the Marin Superior Court; learn more at
Jack Gibson Click here for more information about this candidate 6767 votes 9.91%
  • Occupation: Attorney/Legal Educator
  • Member and Vice President - Board of Directors for Marin Municipal Water District
  • Winner of The Spirit of Marin Award 2003
  • Chairman of the Board for the North Bay Watershed Association
  • Partner, Gibson & MacPhee
  • USF Law School 1970, admitted to the Bar January 1971
  • Tradition of pro bono work for many Marin Nonprofit Boards
  • Community justice requires a more convenient system for jurors
  • Marin needs additional diversion programs which provide cost efficient alternatives for first time offenders and those involved in victimless crimes
  • I advocate for dedicated court units devoted to special cases like crimes involving the mentally ill
Peter C. Lagarias Click here for more information about this candidate 5092 votes 7.45%
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Former Federal Trade Commission attorney enforcing consumer protection and antitrust statutes
  • Represented hundreds of individuals and businesses with over two decades of courtroom and trial experience
  • Arbitrator (Private Judge) with the American Arbitration Association
  • Author of the legal treatise, "Effective Closing Argument"
  • Co-Founder of Non-Profit providing surgery for needy children throughout Latin America and Asia
  • Past District Governor of Rotary International for District 5150, which includes Marin County
  • Apply the law fully and fairly in every single case
  • Reduce repeat offenders by encouraging drug and alcohol treatment for non-violent offenders, as well as the juvenile and adult drug courts
  • Maintain an appropriate balance between the rights of criminal defendants and those of victims and their families
Herbert M. Rowland, Jr. 2976 votes 4.36%
  • Occupation: Attorney
Tex Ritter Click here for more information about this candidate 2578 votes 3.77%
  • Occupation: Supervising Attorney
  • Baccalaureat, Universite` de Bretagne Occidentale, Academine de rennes, France
  • B.A. Health Services Administration, St. Mary's College of California
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, University of Houston
  • former Board Member Inland Empire Health Plan, a NCQA accredited Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan in California with a budget of over $250 Million
  • Ironman Triathlete, member USA Triathlon
  • Superivising Attorney for the County of Marin, Former Deputy District Attorney
  • Fair and impartial justice, equal status for all litigants.

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