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Bar releases results of judicial candidate evaluation

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Evansville Bar Association members have overwhelmingly recommended five of the seven candidates running for Vanderburgh Superior Court, based on results from a recent survey.

The Board of Governors of the EBA PAC sent nearly 400 ballots to Vanderburgh County resident EBA members, and received 186 replies.

The majority of respondents recommended Judges David D. Kiely, Robert (Jeff) Tornatta, Wayne S. Trockman, Mary Margaret (Maggie) Lloyd, and Brett J. Niemeier for judicial office. Approximately 20 responses for those candidates expressed no opinion.

Respondents did not recommend Keith M. Wallace or Barry Blackard. Neither currently serve as superior judges. They also received higher responses of “no opinion” to certain criteria or whether the respondent would recommend him.

Respondents were asked to evaluate the candidates in several areas, including legal knowledge and experience, temperament for office, and ability to be impartial and objective. Click here to view the results.

The survey and its results do not represent an endorsement by the bar or its PAC of any candidate for office. The polling of bar members is done as a public service for voters, said Beth McFadin Higgins, chairperson of the EBA PAC, in a statement.

 

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