When I voted in the Democratic primary yesterday, I discovered to my dismay that there was a contested election for judge of the Baltimore City Orphans Court — five candidates (listed alphabetically) for three positions. Three of the candidates were incumbents, but which three?
I try to keep abreast of judicial "elections," the peculiar system in Maryland which requires sitting judges, who have been appointed after a thorough screening process, to then stand for election against any licensed attorney who cares to file for the position. I had searched recent issues of The Sun for information about contested judicial elections. There was an excellent op-ed ("Don't overlook Md.'s judicial elections," Sept. 7) by Donald C. Fry about the hazards inherent in this bizarre system — but nary a word about the contest for Baltimore City Orphans Court.