The Houston Bar Association released its Judicial Candidate Qualification Poll today. You can check them out for yourself here.
Those attorneys who took the poll were given four options of rating the candidates:
To me, the results weren't surprising.
Although you can read them for yourself, I thought it was worth noting a couple of things:
-180th District Court Candidate Danny Dexter had 220 voters say he was "Not Qualified", while 57 said he was "Qualified" and 56 said he was "Well Qualified". I understand that Danny has been trying to play off his bad evaluations on the campaign trail by saying he just wasn't "popular". Actually, Danny was fairly popular at the Office. He just wasn't good at his job. This poll result shows that.
-by contrast, 180th District Court Candidate Marc Brown had only 108 voters say he was "Not Qualified" (hmm, anybody else notice that's right around the same number of total voters that thought Danny Dexter was?), with 86 voters labeling him as "Qualified" and 266 saying he was "Well Qualified".
-former Civil Court Judge Sharolyn Wood seems to have a polarizing effect, having gotten more votes in general than most other candidates. That's directly attributable to the fact that more civil attorneys vote in this Bar Poll than criminal attorneys. The good news for Wood? She got 277 votes for "Well Qualified". The bad news? She got 671 saying she wasn't. Cary Hart's numbers put her in second place on the "Well Qualified" front, and she had the least number of "Not Qualified" votes.
-in the County Court at Law # 4 race, former Judge Janice Law had 436 attorneys say she was "Not Qualified", as opposed to 73 saying she was "Qualified" and 42 saying she was "Well Qualified". I don't know of anyone who would actually say she was "Well Qualified" other than Gary Polland who inexplicably co-endorsed her in his mail out this week. Good Lord, Gary, what were you thinking?
-and finally, Rachel Palmer took a big hit on the "Not Qualified" portion of the test, getting 193 votes (more than any other candidate from either party) and only got 93 "Well Qualified" votes.
-Don Smyth, on the other hand, received only 129 votes for "Not Qualified" (which is the least of any candidate in the race from either party), and 227 votes for "Well Qualified" (the most from either party).
At least the lawyers seem to be getting it right when gauging the Judicial Elections. One can only hope that the voters will follow suit.