Stracener Clarifies Questioned Claims
Mike Roberts, Village Life, May 22, 2012Appointed Superior Court Judge Warren Stracener called accusations that he’s exaggerated his experience “quibbling and nonsense … a manufactured issue,” after a recent candidate forum.
He also had some sharp comments on the judicial vetting process in El Dorado County, suggesting that judge candidates who solicit endorsements and campaign contributions from local lawyers and judges jeopardize their judicial independence.
None of that came up during a sparsely attended League of Women Voters candidate forum between Stracener and challengers Joseph Hoffman and Stephen Valentine in El Dorado Hills on May 17. But the incumbent was eager to set the record straight with Village Life afterward.
Stracener was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2010 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to fill a newly created superior court seat.
The appointment bypassed a long-standing local vetting process for judicial candidates, a fact that ...