Most Superior Court judicial races are about as exciting as traffic school. Campaigning is considered undignified. Attacks between candidates are forbidden. There are no sparks, no debates, no surprises.
The real competition — for endorsements — is settled behind the scenes, long before voters see unfamiliar names on a ballot and pick candidates merely because they’re backed by the sheriff and district attorney.
But one matchup for this June’s primary has potential to be downright intriguing. It could be the first time in two decades a criminal defense attorney is elected to a bench that is dominated by former prosecutors.
And, making things even more unusual: The political maneuvering is well underway, with a strong potential for a curveball or two on the endorsement front.