Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, January 31, 2012


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Start of Filing Sets Up Contest Between Prosecutors

Four Deputy District Attorneys Turn in Papers, Including Two Seeking Same Office



 Four Los Angeles deputy district attorneys filed declarations of intent to run for Los Angeles Superior Court judgeships yesterday, including two who filed for the same office.

Andrea Thompson and Shannon Knight, both of whom had earlier retained David Gould as campaign consultant, filed for the seat being vacated by Judge Vander Lans. Eric Harmon filed for the seat now held by Judge Anita Dymant, and Sean Coen declared for the seat nowheld by Judge Deborah Andrews.

Vander Lans and Dymant both previously told the MetNews that they do not intend to run for new terms, and Harmon said he had secured Dymantís endorsement for the seat. Coen, the son of Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen, said he had learned that Andrews would not run.

Andrews could not be reached late yesterday for comment.

Gould, who was at the Office of Registrar-Recorder yesterday while both Thompson and Knight were filing, said he explained to all of the candidates he represents that there may not be enough open seats for all of them to run in, and that he would give them priority in the order in which they retained him. Thompson was his first judicial candidate in this cycle, he said, so he cannot represent Knight if the two wind up in the same race.

Candidates are free to switch races prior to filing their nominating documents, which takes place between Feb. 13 and March 9. Gould also represents Coen and civil practitioners Lawrence Kaldor and Berj Parseghian.

Harmon was accompanied at filing by his consultant, Hal Dash of Cerrell Associates Inc., who reported that his candidate has raised $135,000 for the campaign. Today is the deadline for candidates to report their contributions and expenditures through the end of last year.        


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