Oregon judicial elections, 2012

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Elections, 2012
Judicial election dates

The Oregon judicial elections consisted of a primary on May 15th and general election in November 6th.[1] The filing period for races was from September 8, 2011 to March 6, 2012.[1]

Oregon judicial elections summary, 2012

  Supreme Appellate Trial
Total candidates 2 7 79
Unopposed candidates 0 4 56
Judges re-elected 1 4 60
Judges not re-elected 1 0 0
New judges elected 2 1 5
Partisan or Nonpartisan   Nonpartisan  

Supreme Court

Oregon Supreme Court

See also: Oregon judicial elections, 2012
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
CookNena Cook    NoPosition 340.05%ApprovedA48.24%   DefeatedD
SercombeTimothy Sercombe    NoPosition 326.08% 

Court of Appeals

Oregon Court of Appeals

See also: Oregon judicial elections, 2012
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
ArlowAllan J. Arlow    NoPosition 620.87% 
HadlockErika L. Hadlock   ApprovedAYesPosition 999.31%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
EganJames C. Egan   ApprovedANoPosition 646.15%ApprovedA58.05%   ApprovedA
NakamotoLynn Nakamoto   ApprovedAYesPosition 899.30%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
ArmstrongRex Armstrong   ApprovedAYesPosition 1099.28%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
HaseltonRick Haselton   ApprovedAYesPosition 599.27%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
VolpertTim Volpert    NoPosition 632.56%ApprovedA41.20%   DefeatedD

Circuit Courts

Ballot measure



The Oregon Judicial Elections Initiative (2012) was a proposed initiated state statute which did not make the ballot. The chief petitioners was Jess Messner and Tim Rohrer. The proposed measure sought to requires a study to be conducted on the effects of the use of the word "incumbent" on ballots. If the study revealed that the word "incumbent" gives judges an advantage, then the word "incumbent" would be prohibited from use on ballots.[2][3] The measure did not make the ballot.

In the News

Oregon election recap, 2012

In Oregon's general election earlier this month we saw two new Supreme Court justices, one new Court of Appeals judge, and five new trial court judges elected to the state's court system.

Appeals Court Judge David V. Brewer ran unopposed, successfully winning a seat on Position 2 of the Supreme Court and Richard C. Baldwin bested opponent Nena Cook in the race for Position 3. All incumbents on the Court of Appeals were retained and James C. Egan defeated Tim Volpert, becoming the court's new Position 6 judge.

In circuit court races we saw Beth Bagley elected to the 11th District, Norman R. Hill and Sally Avera to the 12th District, Donald Abar to the 3rd District, and Mike Wetzel to the 5th District.

One race for Position 7 of the Oregon 2nd Judicial District drew publicity as voters awaited delayed results. Four candidates ran as write-ins after incumbent Judge Jay McAlpin failed to file for re-election, causing him to lose the advantage of being on the ballot. Election officials finished tallying on November 20th, declaring Judge Jay McAlpin the winner with 53.84% of the vote.

An unusual race for circuit judge in Oregon's Lane County

As featured in JP Election Brief: Race mix-ups and a pledge of peace on October 11, 2012.

This year's Lane County voters might be surprised to find no candidates listed on the general election ballot for Position Seven of the 2nd Judicial District. That, however, does not mean there will not be a candidate to vote for.

Jay McAlpin currently serves as judge on the 2nd District and is running for election, but he failed to file for the post and must run as a write-in candidate. He is not alone in his write-in campaign, Chris Bevans, Alan Leiman, and Vincent Mulier have also announced that they are running as write-ins.[4]

Ultimately, it’s my fault for not looking earlier. I’ve been working hard as a judge, I enjoy the job and I think I do it well. I’m disappointed I let my inexperience as a politician put that in jeopardy.[5] - Jay McAlpin commenting on missing the filing deadline[6]
Judge McAlpin missing the deadline is a plus for the voters of Lane County; they will now have the opportunity to research, get to know the candidates and become well informed before they write-in their vote.[8] - Chris Bevans[6]
  • Chris Bevans is a partner in a general law practice. He holds a J.D. from Willamette Law School. Since graduating from law school he has worked as an attorney in family and general law in Eugene.[8]
...Lane County deserves a judge that is impartial, thoughtful and thorough.[4] - Alan Leiman[6]
  • Alan Leiman is a part-time assistant judge on the Eugene Municipal Court, as well as a business and civil litigation attorney. He holds a J.D. from the University of Miami Law School. After law school he worked four years as a public defender in Florida and later served as a city prosecutor in Eugene.[4]
...progressive values should be represented in as many public offices as possible. - Vincent Mulier[6]
  • Vincent Mulier is a criminal defense attorney in Eugene/Springfield and a philosophy professor at Portland State University. He holds a J.D. from Willamette University.[9] Mulier's law firm specializes in illegal searches and Miranda warning violations.[4]

Judicial campaigns target TV, spending 4.6 million and counting

As featured in JP Election Brief: Money and controversies on September 27, 2012.

Candidate spending is on the rise in Alabama, Illinois, Texas, West Virginia, Arkansas, Montana and Oregon. According to data compiled by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, candidates from the seven states spent a combined total of $4,673,370 on primary television ads.[10] That figure is more than quadruple the estimated amount spent on television ads during the 2010 primaries. This year's primary spending also surpassed 2004's record of $3.8 million, which included nine states.[11][12]

The two organizations who compiled the data are trying to show the effects of special interest groups on judicial elections.

Money and special interests continue to transform judicial elections around the country.[11] - Alicia Bannon[13][6]

The candidates

The following is a selection of the highest-spending candidates.[14]




West Virginia




The Brennan Center for Justice is a "'nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice'".[12] Justice at Stake is a nonpartisan nonprofit "working to keep America's courts fair and impartial."[12]

Court of Appeals candidates ready for the May primary

As featured in JP Election Brief: May primaries and alleged campaign violations on April 12, 2012.

The filing period for the Oregon Judicial Elections has closed and the May 15th Primary draws near. There are seven candidates running for election to the Oregon Court of Appeals this year. Four of the candidates are incumbents running unopposed, but three of the seven will compete in the primary.

The incumbents

The following judges are running unopposed for re-election to the Court of Appeals:

Position 6 candidates

The following candidates are competing for Position 6 on the Court of Appeals, currently held by David V. Brewer:

  • Allan J. Arlow currently serves as an administrative law judge for the Public Utility Commission and Board of Maritime Pilots. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. Arlow has experience serving as the vice president for government affairs at Ameritech Corp. and chief executive of the nonprofit Computer & Communications Industry Association. He worked as a hearing officer with the Bonneville Power Administration and also in private practice in Maryland.[16] In 2010, he ran unsuccessfully for Seat 5 on the Oregon Supreme Court, losing to Jack Landau.[17]
  • Tim Volpert currently works with the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He was worked with the firm for the past 27 years and has been a partner since 1989. He holds a B.A. in political science from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.[19] After graduation from law school Volpert served as judicial clerk for Judge W. Michael Gillette. He later began practicing with the law firm of Cosgrave, Kester, where he worked until joining his current firm.[20]

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division, Offices Open
  2. Oregon Secretary of State, "Initiative 4 ballot title," March 19, 2010
  3. Oregon Secretary of State, "Initiative, Referendum, and Referral Search"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Register guard, "An all write-in campaign will decide whether a judge keeps his Lane County position," October 2, 2012
  5. The Register Guard, "Judge misses election deadline," September 15, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  7. Office of the Oregon Governor, Press Release: "Governor Kitzhaber appoints Jay McAlpin to the Lane County Circuit Court," May 31, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Register Guard, "Fourth lawyer seeks write-in judgeship," October 6, 2012
  9. Vincent Mulier Campaign Page
  10. This total does not include spending for the general election or other campaign spending.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Legal Newsline, "Report: Judicial candidates spent more than $4.6M in primary TV ads," September 14, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 The West Virginia Record, "Report: W.Va. judicial candidates spent nearly $600,000 in primary TV ads," September 18, 2012
  13. A counsel in the Brennan Center's Democracy Program
  14. The list is not exhaustive, it only includes the highest-spending candidates.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 Justice at Stake, "Campaign Money Patterns Entering New Phase in 2012 Judicial Races," September 13, 2012
  16. The Oregonian "Allan J. Arlow and Jack L. Landau running for opening on the Oregon Supreme Court," April 29, 2010
  17. Candidate List 2012
  18. KVAL: "Governor appoints James Egan as Linn County judge," June 16, 2010
  19. 19.0 19.1 Oregon Secretary of State Candidate Information for James C. Egan
  20. Tim Volpert's Biography on Campaign Webpage