Thursday, October 31, 2019
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Two battles are shaping up for Los Angeles Superior Court open seats with a deputy district attorney and an associate law professor vying for one of them, and a private practitioner and two deputy district attorneys targeting another.
Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Steve Morgan yesterday took out, but did not file, a declaration of intent to seek Office No. 72, presently held by Judge Debre Katz Weintraub who is not seeking reelection. University of South Dakota School of Law Associate Professor Myanna Dellinger on Tuesday filed a declaration of intent to run for that same seat in the March 3 primary.
Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Kenneth Fuller yesterday filed a declaration of intent to seek Office No. 129, held by Judge Thomas Trent Lewis, who is slated to retire in December. A member of the same office, Scott Andrew Yang, took out a declaration but did not file it.
Attorney Tom Parsekian on Monday filed a declaration of intent to run for that office.
Candidates are not glued to their choices of offices for which they file a declaration of intent. They may file a declaration for more than one office, and must make a final selection when filing nominating papers.
Meanwhile, Beverly Hills attorney Troy Slaten, managing attorney and partner at Floyd, Skeren, Manukinan Langevin, has said he will seek an open seat.
Morgan earned his law degree at the University of Hawaii’s William S Richardson School of Law and was admitted to practice in California on Dec. 14, 2009.
Fuller, who ran for the Superior Court two years ago unsuccessfully, graduated from USC Law School.
Yang’s law degree is from Southwestern. He is assigned to the Sex Crimes Division of his office.
No Campaign Committee
Neither prosecutor has registered a campaign finance committee with the Secretary of State’s Office. Yang does not appear to have a campaign website, at present.
There is a website titled Ken Fuller—fullerforjudge.com—but to access it, the user must have a WordPress.com account and permission of the site owner. Fuller could not be reached for comment yesterday as to whether this site is actually his.
Fuller’s final campaign finance report for his last election bid showed an ending cash balance of $1,921.13, but $88,000 still owed to his mother, Sarah E. Fuller, on a $150,000 loan.
Parsekian—a former actor and father of actress Lauren Parsekian and father-in-law of actor Aaron Paul—has been drawing campaign contributions from outside the Los Angeles legal community, largely from show business figures, including $5,000 from television host Jimmy Kimmel.
Was Child Actor
Slaten earned his law degree at Pepperdine. The lawyer, who was a child actor, says on his website:
“Since my first day stepping into a courtroom as a certified law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, I knew that one day I would be a bench officer. I understand, keenly, the power of The Court and the importance of resolving disputes in a fair, impartial, speedy, and final manner.”
Others who have taken out or filed declarations are Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Emily Cole, Office No. 145; Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Shannon Kathleen Cooley, Office No. 17; and Supervising Deputy Attorney General Linda Sun, Office No. 42.
All of the candidates other than Fuller, Yang and Cole got off to early fundraising and has filed a campaign financing report. Cole said yesterday:
“I will be submitting my financials for the year in January when it’s due.
“To date, I have raised $16,000. I anticipate being able to raise over $200,000.”
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