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Should district court judges be elected or should they continue to be appointed in Leavenworth and Atchison counties?

October 26, 2010

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Ashley Forbis ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“It's bad enough that politics corrupt our government at the legislative and executive levels, but I don't think we need to open an even bigger door for politics in the judicial branch. Big companies and corporate banks who want laws to be in their favor will pour more money into campaigns that will benefit their own selfish desires in some way. Granted, politics still do effect the judicial branch through those who appoint the positions; however, let's not make it worse.” Ashley Forbis, Tonganoxie

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Kara Reed ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“I have mixed feelings on this one because I feel like it is important that we should all have a say in who holds these positions. That being said, even though I feel like I make an effort to stay informed politically, I know next to nothing about any of the local judges and feel completely unqualified to make an informed decision about who is most qualified. I am not sure whether an appointment popularity contest or voting without knowing anything about the people involved is worse.”

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Heather DeMaranville ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“I think this is a really difficult question to answer. With appointment, it could broaden the pool of candidates for the positions because it would take into consideration all qualified individuals. When election comes into play, some that would be fantastic judges might not run. However, I also believe with this type of position that impacts so many lives, people should have a voice in who is chosen. To me there is not really a clear solution to this issue.”

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