Of the three branches of government, the Judicial Branch is the least understood by Oregonians. Unfortunately, a lot of Oregonians get a quick education if they are arrested for a crime or are involved in a civil suit. So often, you peel open your ballot and look at the various races. You come across a couple of candidates running for the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court and your reaction is "Who are these people?" I know I have and I usually end up not voting for either. This time, I decided to do a little research on these two candidates to help me decide.Let me give you my opinion on this race. Of course, you decide which candidate receives your vote.
Here is an article about the two men running for the important position of Court of Appeals Judge. For your information, Volpert is a Democrat attorney with a big time law firm in Portland. Volpert is supported by big time liberals including former Democrat Governor Barbara Roberts and Portland Congressman Earl
Blumnenaur. I know the history of Blumnenauer since I lived in Portland for 24 years while he was on the Portland City Council and US Congressman. I feel strongly about Blumenauer. I would not vote for my own mother if she was endorsed by Blumenauer. Volpert is supported by the Oregon Education Association(OEA), the State Teachers Union and received $1500 from them.
Egan is a Republican and Circuit Court Judge in Linn County which is a mostly rural county in the Willamette Valley. Egan is also a veteran of the Marine Corps. He is the financial underdog in the race as Volpert has raised much more money due to his connections in liberal Portland.( I checked the Secretary of State
records on their campaign contributors)
Judge candidates are not permitted to advertise their legal philosophy or how they will rule on any particular case. Thus, it is hard to figure out who to support. However, In my mind, do we need to put another judge on the Court Appeals supported by the Liberal Portland Crowd? I think not and I am voting for James C.Egan.
Ron Glynn (Retired Multnomah County Parole and Probation Officer)
Wolf Creek, Oregon