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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2010
Because of the way the election is set up for Circuit Court judges in Maryland, Tuesday's primary in Anne Arundel County could decide which two of the three candidates win the general election and 15-year terms on the bench. That has kept all three candidates campaigning during the hot summer in a contest overshadowed by the statewide governor's contest and higher-profile county races. Ronald Jarashow, 60, of Annapolis and Laura Kiessling, 46, of Edgewater are seeking to retain the judgeships to which they were appointed in January by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
For the first time in eight years, Baltimore's judges face a challenger at the polls, a former city prosecutor who aims to knock veteran judge Alfred Nance from the bench. Page Croyder, 58, said she is running for election because of what she sees as Nance's lack of decorum on the bench and poor treatment of women who come into his courtroom. "I'm running because I care about the judiciary and I think people deserve judges who are going to treat them respectfully," Croyder said.
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September 7, 1994
Circuit Court judges are the only ones in the state's judicial system who have to run to retain their judgeships against challengers. This year there is only one such contest, in Prince George's County. In other circuits where judges are running for re-election they have no opposition.Six sitting judges of the Prince George's County Circuit Court are running against three challengers for those six seats. They are presumed to be safely on the way to renomination in both the Democratic and Republican primaries (Circuit Court candidates cross-file)
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore | February 24, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed 23 people to fill judicial posts Monday, promoting a number of sitting judges and placing some prominent lawyers on the bench. Among the governor's five appointees to District Court in Baltimore are James Green, the head of government relations for Baltimore police, and David Brian Aldouby, a veteran public defender. He promoted three District Court judges to the city's Circuit Court, and also appointed two other lawyers to fill empty spots. The governor also named Julie Glass, a senior prosecutor in the city state's attorney's office, as one of three appointees to the Baltimore County Circuit Court.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | February 24, 1992
Three sitting judges are running unopposed in the March 3 primary election, but their election committee has already spent $8,290 for about a dozen billboards around the city -- and more billboards will appear as Election Day approaches.The three Baltimore Circuit judges -- Andre M. Davis, Paul A. Smith and Joseph P. McCurdy Jr. -- are pictured on the blue and white billboards that are being paid for by the Committee to Retain Sitting Judges.The judges were appointed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer and must run in the first statewide election after their ascension to the bench to retain their judgeships.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | October 23, 1996
Two statewide organizations endorsed sitting Circuit Judges Donna Hill Staton and Diane O. Leasure yesterday in their bids to retain their seats in the Nov. 5 judicial election.Members of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland chapter of Women Veterans of America said they chose the sitting judges over their challengers -- District Judge Lenore R. Gelfman and Jonathan Scott Smith -- because of their judicial temperament and experience.The state bar group's announcement was actually a "reinforcement" of its earlier endorsement of Hill Staton and Leasure in last spring's primary and its opposition to contested judicial elections, said spokeswoman Janet Eveleth.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | October 31, 1996
Almost two dozen Howard County attorneys called a news conference yesterday to reinforce their support for sitting Circuit Judges Donna Hill Staton and Diane O. Leasure, saying their judicial temperament and competence should earn them election to seats on the bench."
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RECORD STAFF REPORT | April 4, 2012
Cecil County voters Tuesday picked their first nominees for the office of county executive and for the first two seats on their new county council. They also voted to retain two of their sitting circuit court judges, rejecting the challenge to the judges posed by one of the county's state delegates. Voting was light, with more Republicans showing up to the polls than Democrats. The Democratic and Republican county executive nominees chosen Tuesday, who will square off in the November general election, are both women, which means the first person to hold the office of Cecil County Executive will be a female.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2012
Two and a half decades after he graduated from law school and hung out a shingle, Clarke F. Ahlers is challenging two sitting judges in Howard County, creating what will be at least a three-way contest for the Circuit Court bench. Ahlers filed candidacy paperwork Tuesday. Administrative Judge Lenore R. Gelfman, who is completing a 15-year term, and Judge William V. Tucker, who was sworn in Dec. 29, filed Thursday, according to the State Board of Elections. Candidates must file by Jan. 11. The Columbia lawyer said he thought he'd make a good judge after handling different types of cases — most of his work is criminal defense and representation of law enforcement officers in various circumstances, though he does some civil cases.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2010
Because of the way the election is set up for Circuit Court judges in Maryland, Tuesday's primary in Anne Arundel County could decide which two of the three candidates win the general election and 15-year terms on the bench. That has kept all three candidates campaigning during the hot summer in a contest overshadowed by the statewide governor's contest and higher-profile county races. Ronald Jarashow, 60, of Annapolis and Laura Kiessling, 46, of Edgewater are seeking to retain the judgeships to which they were appointed in January by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
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April 15, 2007
Book offers honest look at teen life As an educator and a high school librarian, I am appalled and disappointed that, in the 21st century, we are still dealing with the suppression of information ("Book-banning decision defended," April 11). In all my classes on young adult literature, I had to study, review and write about the books of Robert Cormier, the author of The Chocolate War. Mr. Cormier has mastered the art of young adult literature. And in his novels, Mr. Cormier presents the lives of young people in a realistic yet often disturbing light.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter | September 9, 2006
Not since grade-school seating charts have last names been so important. The three sitting Baltimore Circuit Court judges running in Tuesday's primary are worried that they'll lose their places on the bench because voters might simply check off the first three of the six names on the ballot. Their late-alphabet names -- Rasin, Themelis and Williams -- have caused them such concern that campaign literature urges people to "vote from the bottom up." This is the first contested city judicial election in eight years, and a sitting judge has not lost to a newcomer in 24 years.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | September 8, 2006
The supposedly nonpartisan, three-way contest for two Howard County Circuit Court judgeships has produced no debates over courtroom issues -- but is highlighting a quirk in the state's electoral system that appears to give the nonincumbent challenger an edge in Tuesday's primary. Ellicott City lawyer David A. Titman has battered appointed sitting judges Louis A. Becker and Richard S. Bernhardt with charges that they are compromising their integrity by accepting campaign donations from lawyers.
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September 8, 2006
The Maryland Constitution calls for state trial court judges to stand for election. It also requires that they be practicing lawyers who are "most distinguished for integrity, wisdom and sound legal knowledge." But one doesn't necessarily ensure the other - and that is the basic problem with the current system. Most trial judges in Maryland were first appointed to the bench, which is provided for in the constitution. Candidates and their credentials are reviewed and vetted by an impartial nominating commission, which recommends a list of potential appointees to the governor.
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