La Raza Lawyers Will Sit Out Alameda Judge Race

Alameda County records show there were three — count ’em, three — past officers of the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association who took out papers to run for the judicial seat being vacated by retiring Judge Donald Squires. But because of apparent miscommunication among the three, none of their names will appear on the June 6 ballot.

Berkeley attorney Leandro Duran said he was disappointed to learn that Rocio Fierro — like him a former president of the group — hadn’t turned in final paperwork. Reached by phone Thursday afternoon, Duran said he and former law partner Victor Ochoa took preliminary steps to become a judicial candidate, but each of them opted not to run because they were planning to support Fierro.

“We thought it was Rocio who was going to run, so he (Ochoa) yielded and I yielded,�? Duran said.

Fierro, a 17-year veteran of the Oakland city attorney’s office who helmed the East Bay La Raza Lawyers in 2002, could not be reached for comment.

All of this may come as a relief for county voters, who already have to choose from a crowd of six judicial candidates. Others who took out nomination papers but did not qualify for the judicial election are court commissioner Thomas Nixon, Michael O’Reilly and Andrew Wiener.

— Matthew Hirsch

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