2018 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 almost every judicial candidate in a contested race this year, as well as many candidates running unopposed in the primary.

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



Results for the 2018 Judicial Preference Polls



Oregon Supreme Court, Position 2


Rebecca Duncan


Oregon Supreme Court, Position 3




Oregon Supreme Court, Position 5


Adrienne Nelson





Oregon Court of Appeals, Position 2


Bronson D. James


Oregon Court of Appeals, Position 4


Robyn Ridler Aoyagi


Oregon Court of Appeals, Position 6


James C. (Jim) Egan


Oregon Court of Appeals, Position 7


Steven R. Powers


Oregon Court of Appeals, Position 9




Oregon Court of Appeals, Position 10







Oregon Tax Court


Robert Manicke








1st District (Jackson County), Position 5




1st District (Jackson County), Position 7




1st District (Jackson County), Position 9


Joe Davis
Nick Geil
David J. Orr
Laurance W. Parker




2nd District (Lane County), Position 1


Karsten H. Rasmussen


2nd District (Lane County), Position 7




2nd District (Lane County), Position 8


Valerie L. Love


2nd District (Lane County), Position 10


2nd District (Lane County), Position 12


R. Curtiss Conover


2nd District (Lane County), Position 14






3rd District (Marion County), Position 5




3rd District (Marion County), Position 8


David E. Leith


3rd District (Marion County), Position 10




3rd District (Marion County), Position 11


Donald Abar


3rd District (Marion County), Position 12






4th District (Multnomah County), Position 3




4th District (Multnomah County), Position 4




4th District (Multnomah County), Position 7


Andrew M. Lavin


4th District (Multnomah County), Position 8


Eric J. Bergstrom


4th District (Multnomah County), Position 10


Katherine von Ter Stegge


4th District (Multnomah County), Position 15


Christopher A. Ramras


4th District (Multnomah County), Position 16


Susan M. Svetkey


4th District (Multnomah County), Position 23




4th District (Multnomah County), Position 27


Patricia L. McGuire


4th District (Multnomah County), Position 28


Judith Matarazzo


4th District (Multnomah County), Position 29


Kathryn L. Villa-Smith


4th District (Multnomah County), Position 30


Bob Callahan
Benjamin N. Souede


4th District (Multnomah County), Position 31




4th District (Multnomah County), Position 32


Xiomara Y. Torres


4th District (Multnomah County), Position 37






5th District (Clackamas County), Position 1




5th District (Clackamas County), Position 2


Ann Lininger


5th District (Clackamas County), Position 3




5th District (Clackamas County), Position 9


Stephen J. Bedor
Ulanda L. Watkins


5th District (Clackamas County), Position 11






6th District (Umatilla & Morrow Counties), Position 1


Michael A. Breiling


6th District (Umatilla & Morrow Counties), Position 4




6th District (Umatilla & Morrow Counties), Position 5


Christopher R. Brauer




7th District (Hood River County), Position 1






8th District (Baker County), Position 1


Gregory L. Baxter




9th District (Malheur County), Position 2






10th District (Union County), Position 1


Thomas B. Powers




11th District (Deschutes County), Position 1


Raymond D. Crutchley


11th District (Deschutes County), Position 2


Beth Bagley




12th District (Polk County), Position 1




12th District (Polk County), Position 3


Norman R. Hill




14th District (Josephine County), Position 1


Thomas M. Hull


14th District (Josephine County), Position 2


Pat Wolke


14th District (Josephine County), Position 3


Robert S. Bain


14th District (Josephine County), Position 5






15th District (Coos and Curry Counties), Position 2


Andrew E. Combs


15th District (Coos and Curry Counties), Position 3




15th District (Coos and Curry Counties), Position 5


James M. Monsebroten




16th District (Douglas County), Position 5


George Ambrosini




17th District (Lincoln County), Position 2


Paulette E. Sanders


17th District (Lincoln County), Position 3


Thomas O. Branford




18th District (Clatsop County), Position 3






20th District (Washington County), Position 3


Erik M. Bucher


20th District (Washington County), Position 6




20th District (Washington County), Position 9


Oscar Garcia


20th District (Washington County), Position 10


Danielle J. Hunsaker


20th District (Washington County), Position 11


Janelle Factora Wipper


20th District (Washington County), Position 13




20th District (Washington County), Position 15






22nd District (Jefferson County), Position 1


Annette C. Hillman


22nd District (Jefferson County), Position 3


Daina A. Vitolins


23rd District (Linn County), Position 1


Fay Stetz-Waters
Michael Wynhausen




23rd District (Linn County), Position 3




23rd District (Linn County), Position 4


DeAnn L. Novotny




25th District (Yamhill County), Position 2


Carol J. Fredrick
J. Mark Lawrence