Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Stracener gets my vote

EDITOR:

We must all make an important decision regarding who will be our judge in the superior court. I have had the opportunity to talk with both men running for this position and was present at the debate between them. I respect both of these gentlemen.

When it comes to casting my vote, however, I must come down of the side of experience and performance. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, I have observed Judge Stracener numerous times in Dependency Court where he has presided for well over one year. Judge Stracener is compassionate, thorough, capable and listens to all parties. He is fair and tough when necessary. He gets my vote and deserves yours.

DONALD VANDERKAR
Placerville

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  • Paula SpringerOctober 31, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    To me it's a lot about a candidtes attitude and if the person/candidate is even capable of being fair and not judgemental based on personal beliefs. I don't like to see a candidate (judge, or ANYone else for that matter) look at what someone might be wearing for example and profile them, or snicker a dig to the person they are with. I make it my business to watch the look on peoples faces when I am out and about. To me it shows their character. I saw Hoffman answer questions at a forum, one in particular was about 16 year olds being tried as adults. To me, I viewed the look on his face as angry and with hostility as the words came out saying he had no problem charging them as an adult. (This to me means throwing away the key on a 16 year old and that spells UN fair to me.) The system should not try a 16 year old as an adult, when cleary they are so NOT an adult. Many people in their early to mid 20's I would not even consider mature adults,--- do try them as a minor due to imaturity!?!? Why have a double standard? I also think Hoffman has a lot of nerve telling his clients how to raise their own kids unless their drug addicts or in an abuse situation... --then have the nerve to brag about it at a candidates forum --e gads!!! Simply by what I feel is a "bad ass attitude" alone, I wouldn't want him to be a judge of ANYTHING much less have a minor's life in his hands. I think Stracener has far more experience with youth thus might have a little more compassion yet be tough as needed. Please join me and vote for Stracener.

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  • Chuck HollandOctober 31, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    A question for Paula, If a 16 year old gang member drops by your house and rapes your daughter, then slits her throat, he shouldn't be tried as an adult? Would you rather take that poor mis-guided youth into your home and help him? Is that the kind of Judge Curt Stracener would be? (After someone shows him where to find those statutes in the Penal Code) Why don't you join the people who really know, and vote for Joe Hoffman. You'll sleep better at night knowing a real judge is on the bench protecting you and your daughter.

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  • DB SmithOctober 31, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    Paula, do you remember Columbine High School? If they had not committed suicide what would you of suggested happen to them?

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  • c torinoOctober 31, 2012 - 10:55 pm

    Paula, dosn't let these political bullies get to you. I also heard the same from Hoffman. I question his ability as an attorney...Lord help us if he EVER becomes a judge of anything!

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