Feeling rushed to the polls?

Seems that way for the Bar Association of San Francisco. It wasn't until Friday night that BASF finally got around to evaluating the judicial candidates for tomorrow's election in San Francisco.

The group's judiciary committee deemed Lillian Sing "exceptionally well-qualified" (.pdf). It would have been a surprise, frankly, had she gotten any less, since she spent more than 20 years on the S.F. bench before retiring from it two years ago. BASF took "no action" on local attorney Eric Safire (.pdf), explaining in its brief report on him that "through no fault of the candidate, a majority of the committee concluded that it lacked sufficient time to conduct the evaluation required to assign one of the categories." Safire entered the race in mid-March, and is running against Sing for an open seat on the superior court bench.

Under BASF's system, the committee can choose from five labels for each candidate: no action, well-qualified, exceptionally well-qualified, not qualified, or not recommended for appointment/election at this time.


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