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Friday, January 13, 2006


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Deputy Public Defender C. Edward Mack Moves Toward Second Superior Court Election Bid


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Deputy Public Defender C. Edward Mack, an unsuccessful candidate for the Los Angeles Superior Court two years ago, has taken out papers for a potential second run for the court.

Undaunted by a last-place finish in 2004, Mack took out petition forms late Tuesday to become a candidate for the seat now held by Judge Richard Kolostian. The incument is not running for re-election and has slated retirement for next month.

Mack ran sixth of six candidates for an open seat last year, polling 6.64 percent of the vote. The seat was won in a runoff by Gus Gomez, then a deputy state attorney general and Glendale councilman.

Mack needs to file 5,967 signatures by Feb. 23 to make it onto the ballot without paying a $1,491 filing fee. Other candidates seeking signatures to run for the seat are attorney/author Robert Davenport and North Hills attorney Richard A. Nixon, who has taken out papers to run for several seats.

Candidates need not commit to a specific seat until they file the candidateís oath and other nominating documents, which must be turned in to election officials between Feb. 13 and March 10.

Mack is a 1987 graduate of the University of West Los Angeles School of Law and joined the Public Defenderís Office in 1990 after five years as an employee of the now-defunct Los Angeles Municipal Court. He joined the court in December 1985 as a clerical supervisor and became a research attorney after being admitted to the bar.

He had previously worked in media, having produced video presentations, cable television programs, and radio ads.

Mack grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., and majored in chemistry, with a minor in theater, at Florida State University in Tallahassee; he also worked in radio and television before earning his degree.

He served in the U.S. Air Force, then worked for several years as a chemist in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Los Angeles before shifting to media and then to law.

Other candidates who have taken out papers to run for judge are Encino attorney Stephen Feldman, who is seeking signatures to run for the seat of retiring Judge Michael E. Knight; Nixon, who has taken out paperwork for seats now held by Judges Burt Pines and Judge Melvin Sandvig, as well as for the Knight and Kolostian seats; Davenport; and Woodland Hills lawyer Stephen H. Beecher, who has targeted Judge Mary Ann Murphy.

Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Daniel Lowenthal has not taken out petitions but said he intends to run for an open seat.


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