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Superior Court of Fresno County, California

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The Superior Court of Fresno County is one of 58 Superior Courts in California.



Former judges

Fresno county courthouse

Judicial selection

The method of judicial selection for the California Superior Courts is officially non-partisan election of judges, though many judges join the court via gubernatorial appointment. Once judges are appointed, they compete in the next general election following appointment.

If an incumbent Superior Court judge files for re-election and draws no opponent, that race does not appear on the ballot. If the race is contested, the candidate who wins more than 50% of the vote is elected. If no candidate receives more than 50%, the top two compete in a runoff in the general election in November.[2]

See also

External links


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Office 15
CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
MagillCharles F. Magill No13.1% 
HillRachel Hill No29.0%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   
SmithSteven D. Smith No15.7% 
ClinePhillip Jarrett Cline No7.4% 
GamoianLisa M. Gamoian No34.5%ApprovedAExpression error: Unexpected > operator.   
Unopposed  Judge Alan M. Simpson (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Arlan L. Harrell (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Carlos A. Cabrera (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge D. Tyler Tharpe (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Dale Ikeda (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge David Andrew Gottlieb (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Don Penner (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Francine Zepeda (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Gregory T. Fain (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Houry A. Sanderson (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge James A. Kelley (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Jane Cardoza (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Jeffrey Y. Hamilton, Jr. (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge John F. Vogt (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Jon N. Kapetan (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Jonathan B. Conklin (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Kimberly J. Nystrom-Geist (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge M. Bruce Smith (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Mark Wood Snauffer (Not on ballot)
Unopposed  Judge Wayne R. Ellison (Not on ballot)


Races not on ballot

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
KalemkarianDavid C. Kalemkarian   ApprovedAYesOffice 4Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
KazanjianDebra J. Kazanjian   ApprovedAYesOffice 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
PetersonDennis A. Peterson   ApprovedAYesOffice 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
BlackDonald S. Black   ApprovedAYesOffice 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
Sarkisian, Jr.Edward Sarkisian, Jr.   ApprovedAYesOffice 6Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
HoffGary D. Hoff   ApprovedAYesOffice 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
SkilesJonathan M. Skiles   ApprovedAYesOffice 7Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA
McGuireRosemary T. McGuire   ApprovedAYesOffice 8Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA