Women leaders endorse Combellack for judge

By From page A3 | May 26, 2014

A group of distinguished women community leaders that include retired El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vicki Barber, 2013 Placerville Mayor Wendy Thomas, businesswomen Kim Beal and Normadene Carpenter, local leaders Maureen Carter, Katy Peek, Karen Tustin and Betsy Kerr, along with Lauren C. Craig, Robyn Parker and Eric Inderlied, have announced their endorsement of prominent local attorney David Combellack for the El Dorado County Superior Court Office No. 1.

“Our law enforcement and judicial system have no higher duty than keeping our schools and community safe,” said former El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vicki Barber, adding “We can count on David Combellack as our judge.”

Wendy Thomas, who served as the 2013 mayor of Placerville, said, “David Combellack is my choice for judge because of his commitment to an efficient, respectful, judicial process which mirrors his deep-seated dedication to our community.”

Cameron Park business and community leader Kim Beal said, “David and I served on the Marshall Hospital Board of Directors for nine years. David has good leadership skills, and I was always impressed with his logical reasoning and willingness to make firm decisions.”

Maureen Carter, who for many years served with Combellack on the El Dorado Community Foundation board said, “I have known David Combellack for many years and I have always found David to be professional, knowledgeable and respectful in all dealings, both personal and business. In my opinion he possesses the qualities to be an excellent Superior Court judge.”

Of his legal experience, Attorney Lauren C. Craig said, “David has always supported women in our community through his work including representing victims of domestic violence irrespective of their ability to pay.”

Robyn Parker added, “I clerked for several judges. I was always impressed with David’s courtroom demeanor and respect not only for the judge, but opposing counsel and courtroom staff. His thoroughness and high ethics will make him a great Superior Court judge.”

“A good judge does more than apply the law to the relevant facts. David will add common sense and an understanding of the real world,” said attorney Karen Tustin.

The endorsements from these women who are active in the community followed recent endorsements from 11 active and retired Superior Court judges, two retired El Dorado County district attorneys, retired El Dorado County Sheriffs Pacileo and McDonald, and former Placerville police chiefs Brown and Nielsen. Recently Combellack was also endorsed by the California Republican Assembly. All praise his legal knowledge, fairness, independence, integrity and judicial temperament.

Combellack is a successful attorney with over 35 years of legal experience in El Dorado County courts. He provided years of pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence and is a past president of the El Dorado County Bar Association. He has been a volunteer Superior Court Judge Pro Tem and a Teen Court judge and mentor. As a fourth-generation resident, Combellack has volunteered in the community providing service on the board of the El Dorado Community Foundation, the Marshall Hospital Board, CASA, the Rotary Club of Placerville, the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, as well as many other nonprofit organizations.

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