Judges’ PAC Gives $165,000 to Boost Campaigns of Gelfound, Elswick
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Superior Court judges’ political action committee on Friday announced the disbursal of $165,000 to two judges who are challenged in the June 7 primary.
Elaborating on a press release, Judge Dean Hansell, president of the PAC, said that $100,000 is going to the coffers of Judge David B. Gelfound’s committee and $65,000 to the committee of Judge Carol Elswick.
Gelfound is challenged by Deputy Public Defender Lloyd Handler, based on a philosophical difference, and former Carson Mayor Albert Robles is seeking to unseat Elswick, who points to a reprimand she received from the Commission on Judicial Performance.
The PAC—officially called the Los Angeles Judges Election Protection Committee—opted not to spend funds in support of a third colleague who drew challengers, Judge Sherilyn Peace Garnett. Her confirmation by the Senate as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California is anticipated.
Running for her seat are attorneys Tim Reuben and Frank Amador.
The L.A. Judges PAC was formed by judges to support colleagues who are challenged in judicial elections. Support runs very deep within the judiciary to financially make sure that challenged judges have the resources they need to successfully run a retention campaign.
The PAC has declared that more than 325 judges have contributed funds and that in excess of $300,000 has been raised.
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