2020 Judicial Candidate Voting Guide


Judicial Voting

Welcome to the Oregon State Bar's Judicial Candidate Voting Guide. This guide has been created to provide Oregon voters with detailed backgrounds and professional histories on judicial candidates throughout Oregon. The site includes background on judicial candidates in numerous races this year, including both contested and uncontested races.

Because of the unique nature of judicial races, candidates are prohibited from discussing controversial community matters in order to maintain their ability to be impartial on future cases. These prohibitions exist to ensure a fair and impartial judicial system. Voters, however, need enough information to make informed choices. This Voter's Guide is designed to provide that level of detail.

It is also designed as a research tool for news reporters and editorial researchers. In addition to extensive professional histories, candidates are asked to provide their perspectives on the judicial role, why they want to be a judge, and issues of particular concern to them in Oregon's justice system.

Additional information about Oregon's court system can be found at the Oregon Judicial Department web site.

Please note: The OSB does not edit or verify information provided by candidates. All surveys are posted as received. We welcome feedback about this service. Please click here with your comments or suggestions: kwalsh@osbar.org





Oregon Supreme Court, Position 4








Oregon Court of Appeals, Position 9


Jaqueline S. Kamins






2nd District (Lane County), Position 6


Amit Kapoor


2nd District (Lane County), Position 10






4th District (Multnomah County), Position 12




4th District (Multnomah County), Position 26


Steffan Alexander




8th District (Baker County), Position 1


Matt Shirtcliff




11th District (Deschutes County), Position 4


Alycia N. Sykora




13th District (Klamath County), Position 2






14th District (Josephine County), Position 1




14th District (Josephine County), Position 4


Jason D. Hayward




17th District (Lincoln County), Position 2






19th District (Columbia County), Position 3






20th District (Washington County), Position 5




20th District (Washington County), Position 10


Brandon M. Thompson




21st District (Benton County), Position 3


Joan E. Demarest




23rd District (Linn County), Position 4


Brendan J. Kane




24th District (Grant and Harney County), Position 1


Jim Carpenter
Rob Raschio