Sunday, November 1, 2020

Pre-Election Day Message – Vote David Berger For Judge, Office No. 80

In just 3 days the longest election period will close at 8pm on Tuesday November 3, 2020. You are probably reading this as you try to make your decision on one of the most important local elected positions on the ballot, yet the Judicial Elections are also the ones that many voters rarely feel comfortable about - because they don't really have enough information to go on.

So why vote for David Berger? If you want to know more about me, start off by reading the 'About' page. Then, take a look at the 'Endorsements' page to see the large number of judicial, political, and civic leaders who have exclusively shown their support for David Berger  - they clearly believe Berger is the best choice for Office No. 80. 

But beyond reading the names of those who support and endorse David Berger - the 50+ Superior Court Judges, 30 political and labor organizations, Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys, you might also want to consider the in-depth evaluations of judicial candidates conducted by the LA County Bar Association, the editorial boards of the LA Times, Metropolitan News-Enterprise, the Daily Bruin, and the Los Angeles Sentinel – all of which exclusively proclaim David Berger to be the best choice for Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. 

The Los Angeles County Bar Association rated David Berger "Qualified" to be a Judge of the Superior Court, meaning Berger possesses the "professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and temperament indicative of fitness to perform the judicial function satisfactorily." High praise indeed.

The Los Angeles Times explained their criteria in making their endorsement of David Berger, said that they gave their endorsement "according to the qualities we deem essential: integrity, intelligence, compassion, knowledge of and respect for the law, and an ability to run a courtroom with a sense of fairness." Explaining their choice they said "Berger has handled trials as a criminal prosecutor for 24 years, which should tell voters that he can handle himself in a courtroom, and there’s a reason the Superior Court bench is filled with so many ex-prosecutors: They do one trial after another and know the routine cold. If that’s all Berger had going for him, though, it would be easy to reject him as just one more deputy district attorney on a court that badly needs some diversity. But Berger has developed over the years from an old-school tough-on-crime prosecutor to one who recognizes the importance of rehabilitative alternatives to incarceration ... Of the two candidates for Office No. 80, Berger is the better choice."

The Metropolitan News-Enterprise, one of Los Angeles' legal newspapers said "Deputy District Attorney David A. Berger is the clear choice for this office. He has more than two decades of courtroom experience, possesses exceptional skills in analysis and communication, and is composed and decisive. Berger knows what he’s doing," and described my opponent as "a clueless blunderer, lacking the talents necessary for the office he seeks." Harsh words for my opponent, however, these are the Met News' words, not mine.

The Daily Bruin said "David Berger has actively worked to put individuals through rehabilitation programs throughout his career. The editorial board endorses Berger both for his dedication to rehabilitation over incarceration and his 24-year history with the district attorney’s office.

As an alternative sentencing designee for the district attorney’s office, Berger facilitated a process that helps people convicted of nonviolent crimes dismiss their cases. In partnership with Community Collaborative Courts, Berger helped develop a process to reintegrate people into their law-abiding lives with dismissed cases.

As for my opponent, the Daily Bruin said "... the board finds McKay’s vague campaign priorities do not demonstrate the same dedication to the public interest as Berger’s. Berger’s vision is clear: He hopes to use his appointment as judge to further rehabilitation efforts." 

The Crime Survivors PAC, an organization representing and supporting the interests of victims of crime and witnesses, said "David Berger is a candidate with a balanced view on the criminal justice system; staying true to supporting crime victims’ rights while understanding how compassion and reform can reduce recidivism. With Berger’s wealth of experience in law working at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for over 24 years, he has the expertise needed to best serve our community as Judge of the Superior Court, Office No. 80. Please join me in supporting David Berger’s election as Judge, as he will make fair, ethical decisions that will protect crime victims and survivors alike."

While a candidate can make claims about their qualifications, experience, and suitability for judicial office, unfortunately some candidates make claims about themselves that are frankly unsupported by facts. There really is no better way of evaluating a candidate than by the remarks of those who have independently conducted their own research, evaluated the candidates, and explained why they choose one candidate over the other. 

If you have read this far I thank you for your perseverance and congratulate you for dedication to making an informed choice as to who gets your vote for Office No. 80. 

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