|Kimberly J. Brown (i)||230||23||207||10.0%||Cynthia J. Ayers (i)||390||321||69||82.3%|
|Karen Celestino-Horseman (c)||115||61||54||53.0%||Rom Byron (c)||103||79||24||76.7%|
|Annie Christ-Garcia (i)||224||201||23||89.7%||David J. Certo (i)||298||269||29||90.3%|
|Barbara Cook-Crawford (i)||216||184||32||85.2%||Patrick "PJ" Dietrick (c)||104||94||10||90.4%|
|Angela Dow Davis (c)||150||79||71||52.7%||Kurt M. Eisgruber (i)||204||195||9||95.6%|
|David J. Dreyer (i)||433||388||45||89.6%||Therese A. Hannah (c)||66||62||4||93.9%|
|Shatrese M. Flowers (c)||210||129||81||61.4%||Gary L. Miller (i)||379||312||67||82.3%|
|Mark A. Jones (c)||255||246||9||96.5%||Marilyn A. Moores (i)||217||168||49||77.4%|
|Christina R. Klineman (c)||163||146||17||89.6%||Timothy W. Oakes (i)||366||325||41||88.8%|
|Jonathan C. Little (c)||80||22||58||27.5%||Marc T. Rothenberg (i)||208||197||11||94.7%|
|Sheryl L. Lynch (c)||169||123||46||72.8%|
|James B. Osborn (i)||220||210||10||95.5%|
|Marcel A. Pratt, Jr. (c)||211||175||36||82.9%|
|Todd A. Woodmansee (c)||124||59||65||47.6%|
2014 Survey Group Statistics:
Total Number of Deliverable Emails: 4,377 (2012 total: 4,323)
Total Returned: 1,201(2012 total: 1,150)
Response Rate: 27.8% (2012 rate: 26.6%)Survey Group:
-Indianapolis Bar Association attorney members
-Marion County Bar Association attorney members
-Attorneys with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
-Attorneys with the Marion County Public Defender’s Office
The Indianapolis Bar Association has released the results of a survey it took of its membership concerning the candidates seeking election to the seats up for election on the Marion County Superior Court and the Circuit Court. Only about 27% of the 4,377 bar association members offered an opportunity to participate in the survey responded to it, which indicates utter apathy among most bar members towards the election of judges in Marion County. I always make it a point to respond to the survey. Typically, I don't pass judgment on many of the candidates because I lack any professional knowledge of their capabilities, particularly with respect to those who practice primarily in the criminal courts since I only practice in the civil courts.
Because so few attorneys participate in the survey, attorneys from the larger law firms have a disproportionate influence in the survey results because they go out of their way to encourage their attorneys to complete the survey in accordance with their desire to see their preferred candidates scored higher than other candidates. I'm a Republican and can't really quarrel with the survey results for the Republican candidates, all of whom received pretty high marks; however, the low rating given to one of the Democratic candidates, Karen Celestino-Horseman, is totally unfair. Even though I don't agree with Karen on very many political issues, she's a very hard-working, knowledgeable and experienced attorney who has earned better than the 53% favorable recommendation result she received in the survey. Clearly, this is a case where there is an organized effort on the part of certain attorneys to score her lowly in an effort to discredit her candidacy. Judge Kimberly Brown's 10% rating, the lowest in the survey, is understandable given her suspension as a judge as a result of a highly-publicized disciplinary complaint against her. I don't know enough about the other three Democrats receiving low ratings, Angela Davis (52%), Jonathan Little (27.5%) and Todd Woodmansee (47.6%), to characterize their survey results. I would note that Woodmansee does have one prior concluded disciplinary action against him and one that is currently pending, which may have affected his rating. I would add that the lowest rated candidates, other than Judge Brown, were all non-incumbents.
Because of the byzantine system unique to Marion County, the process of electing judges begins and ends with the slating conventions held by the respective major political parties. Each party nominates half of the number of superior court judge positions to be filled in the general election, which means that whoever wins the primary automatically wins the general election. It's nearly impossible to win the primary election unless you're first slated at the party's slating convention. Only rarely is a candidate successful in bypassing the slating process and winning one of the coveted spots in the primary election. Judge Kimberly Brown, a Democrat, was one such candidate, and she's been effectively taken out of the race due to her suspension from the bench. Typically, candidates who fail to win at slating will drop out of the primary election. Judicial candidates are compelled to pay up to $24,000 to be slated by their respective candidates, which seems a bit unseemly to most legal ethicists but it's the system that has been in place only in Marion County for decades now.
UPDATE: I've been advised that Todd Woodmansee dropped out of the race.