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Tuesday, October 29, 2019


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Cooley, Sun, Parsekian File Superior Court Candidacy Papers

Judges Rogers, Rose, Weintraub Won’t Seek Reelection


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Filing of declarations of intent to seek Los Angeles Superior Court offices in the March 3 primary got underway yesterday with would-be judges staking out open seats.

Three candidates, as of press time, took out declarations, on the first day of their availability, and filed them.

Deputy District Attorney Shannon Kathleen Cooley filed a declaration of intent to run for Office No. 17, currently held by Judge Randolph A. Rogers, who has endorsed her election bid.

Supervising Deputy Attorney General Linda Sun filed for Office No. 42, the current occupant of which is Judge Carol Rose.

Attorney Tom Parsekian is running for Office No. 129, held by Judge Thomas Trent Lewis.

Debre Katz Weintraub told the MetNews yesterday she will not be filiig for reelection. She holds Office No. 72.

Candidates’ Backgrounds

Cooley, daughter of former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, has been a county prosecutor for more than 10 years and was in civil practice for about three years. She has been endorsed by 155 sitting Los Angeles Superior Court judges, including Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile and Assistant Presiding Judge Eric Taylor.

Sun has a law degree from Southwestern. She was admitted to the State Bar in 2000 and went to work for the Attorney General’s Office in 2001.

Parsekian’s law degree is from Rutgers and he’s been admitted to practice since 1991.

Retiring Judges

Rogers was appointed to the Antelope Valley Municipal Court in 1993 and became a Superior Court judge in 2000 through unification.

Carol Rose won election to the Superior Court in 2014. She sits in Bellflower.

Lewis, who announced in August that he would not seek to succeed himself, was supervising judge of the Family Law Division until earlier this year. Appointed to the bench on 2006, he drew wide praise from the family law bar.

Weintraub was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1995. She earned key assignments on the Los Angeles Superior Court, serving as supervising judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court civil courts in 2017 and 2018 and earlier in the Appellate Division.

Election Procedure

The filing of a declaration of intent to run for one seat does not preclude later filing a declaration for a different seat. The last day for filing declarations is Nov. 6—except that if an incumbent does not file a declaration, the period is extended to Nov. 12.

Signatures of supporters who are registered Los Angeles County voters  may be provided in lieu of all or part of the filing fee.

Nominating petitions with signatures of registered voters in the county must be filed between Nov. 12 and Dec. 6 unless a candidate has provided enough signatures in liue of a filing fee to satify the requirement of a petition.


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