April 30, 2018
2018 Contested First District Judicial Election – Attorney Survey Results
BOISE – The Idaho State Bar recently conducted a survey of its members on the qualifications of candidates for the contested First District Court Judge position. The two candidates are John T. Mitchell and Douglas A. Pierce.
The Idaho State Bar does not interpret or express any opinion about the attached results and makes no endorsements. Of the 5,273 Idaho attorneys and judges sent the survey, 222 responded between April 9 and April 20. Attorneys were asked to rate a candidate only if they have personal and/or professional experience with the candidate.
The ISB membership passed a resolution in 2003 that requested a survey be developed for contested judicial elections. A committee of lawyers and judges developed the four-question survey and the ISB has conducted the survey for every contested judicial election since 2006.
The survey rates candidates on four criteria:
1). Integrity and Independence
2). Knowledge and Understanding of the Law
3). Judicial Temperament and Demeanor
4). Legal Ability and Experience.