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State of California (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne Counties) November 7, 2006 Election
California State Court of Appeal; District 5 Voter Information

12 Year Term.

Established by a constitutional amendment in 1904, the Courts of Appeal are California's intermediate courts of review. California has six appellate districts, each with at least one division. The six appellate districts are composed of 19 divisions and 105 justices.

Each division has one Presiding Justice and two or more associate justices, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The appointments are confirmed by the public at the next general election; justices also come before voters at the end of their 12-year terms. Vote "Yes" to confirm each of the following justices; vote "No" to oppose confirmation.

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Results as of Nov 14 5:08pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (2336/2336)
Candidates (Vote Yes or No for Each)
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Thomas A. Harris Click here for more information about this candidate
311,252 / 73.9% Yes votes ...... 109,680 / 26.1% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 5th District, since 1991
  • Fresno County Superior Court Judge, 1987-1990
  • Fresno County Municipal Court Judge, 1985-1987
  • Private Law Practice, Fresno, 1967-1985
  • Deputy District Attorney, Fresno County, 1965-1966, part-time investigator, 1960-1964
  • Juris Doctor Degree, Stanford University Law School, 1964; Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Southern California, 1961
  • San Joaquin Valley native; both father and grandfather were Fresno attorneys
  • Decide all cases fairly and without bias
  • Treat all people before the court with dignity, courtesy, and respect
  • Improve access to justice for all
Rebecca A. Wiseman Click here for more information about this candidate
310,231 / 73.3% Yes votes ...... 112,901 / 26.7% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Appellate court judge since 1995
  • Trial court judge from 1986 to 1995
  • Outstanding Jurist in Kern County, 1997
  • Top ten professional women, Fresno Co.
  • Legal educator
  • Former prosecutor
  • Interpret the law fairly
  • Provide public outreach to San Joaquin Valley citizens
  • Treat all litigants with equal respect and dignity
Steve Kane Click here for more information about this candidate
308,741 / 73.6% Yes votes ...... 111,002 / 26.4% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice, California State Court of Appeal, Dist 5
  • Superior Court Judge 1992-2006
  • First Presiding Judge, Fresno Consolidated Courts 1996 & 1997
  • Private Law Practice 1976-1992
  • Received State Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award 1985
  • Graduate, Hastings College of the Law, 1976
  • Graduate, University of Notre Dame, Magna Cum Laude, 1973
  • Follow the law as set forth by the Constitution, the Legislature and the Voters
  • Issue clear and concise appellate opinions
  • Work efficiently to avoid delays in appellate process
Brad R. Hill Click here for more information about this candidate
308,233 / 74.0% Yes votes ...... 108,441 / 26.0% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Superior Court Judge, 1998-2006
  • Presiding Judge, Fresno Superior Court, 2003-2004
  • Municipal Court Judge, 1991-1998
  • Graduate, U.C. Hastings College of the Law, 1983
  • Graduate, Fresno State University (Undergraduate Degree in Business Adminstration; Master's Degree in Business Administration, 1977 & 1979).
  • Private Law Practice 1983-1991
  • Follow the law and act to promote justice, fairness and public confidence in the judiciary
  • Decide cases fairly and expeditiously
  • To improve the quality of justice in California
Betty L. Dawson Click here for more information about this candidate
288,551 / 68.7% Yes votes ...... 131,261 / 31.3% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice, Calilfornia Court of Appeal, 5th District
  • Merced County Superior Court Judge, 2000-2003
  • Merced County Superior Court Presiding Judge, 2003
  • Merced County Superior/Municipal Court judicial officer, 1992-2003
  • Private law practice, Merced, 1980-1992
  • Stanford Law School Teaching Fellow, 1978-1979
  • Hastings Law School, graduated 1978
  • Apply the law evenhandedly and without bias
  • Promote fairness and efficiency in the appellate process
  • Provide steady and reliable guidance to the trial courts

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