We remember Judge Susan Johnson as the judge who, a few years back, put a mother with small children behind bars because she picketed in front of a local jewelry store that had made her a bad deal.
Why would anyone re-elect a judge that has no compassion and would allow small children to be without their mother just to prove a point and maybe to please a campaign donor?
If we were to analyze that race more closely, we’d say that Bruce Gale, a perennial candidate, may be under the impression that because he once was connected with the powerful Greenspun family, he will now get the most votes; we hope that is not the case.
A good example of what we are trying to say here can be shown by considering family court judge candidate, Linda Marquis. When interviewed by one of the unions that her campaign manager influenced, she was asked why they should endorse her. She arrogantly responded, “Because I am going to win”; and on a followup, when they asked her why she thinks she is going to win, she responded that she is going to win because she has a lot of money and she is going to use it.
Is this candidate under the impression that she can buy the position she is running for in Family Court? What experience does this candidate have in that court?
Linda Marquis has been in Family Court maybe as many times as we have fingers on our hands and that was only to substitute for the attorney in the case who was busy on another case at the Regional Justice Center.
Marquis believes that because she has served a few times as Justice of the Peace and as an alternative in Municipal Court dealing with misdemeanor crimes that have nothing to do with family court or related issues, that she would make the best choice.
In Department 28, the people of Clark County don’t have many choices: the incumbent Ron Israel is controlled by his campaign manager, Dave Thomas; and the other one is using the election to get even with Judge Israel, who found him guilty in the Constable’s case and very well can be controlled by the office of the Constable — so the only choice the voters have is a young, independent candidate by the name of Susan Bush.
Keep in mind that the mainstream media and the powers-that-be only want the public to hear about the candidates that spend money with them and the candidates that they want to win to keep what we call the inheritance cycle going, with the control of one office or another.
This is a very important election; it’s even more important than the general election because if the good candidate does not advance to the general, that opportunity is lost.
Many candidates listen to the advice of their campaign managers and “want to see how the primary goes” — but, if they don’t double their efforts and campaign hard to win the primary, there would not be a general election for them.
Every time that expression comes out of any candidate, we wonder who is advising them or why they are getting that type of advice, or whom else they are trying to help.
The good candidates do not have much of a chance until they take control of their campaign because the campaign manager only wants what is good for the campaign manager, and the campaign manager’s pocket or bank account.
Anyone can manage the campaign for a candidate that is going to win and even a very well-liked and popular candidate can lose a race, such as happened to Judge Tony Abbatangelo in the last election, or the very popular and well-liked Bobby G. four years ago. The outcomes shocked the voters when they lost their respective elections.
It is imperative that the constituents of this county realize that it is up to them to elect the right candidate; it is not up to the campaign managers or to the mainstream media to “elect” the candidates of their choice, which means selecting the candidate with money and the one tapped on the shoulder by the outgoing office-holder as the viable candidate.
Who gave the mainstream media the authority to classify the viable candidates anyway?