Sacramento Superior Court judicial candidate Amy Holliday lines up law enforcement support

Sacramento County voters will vote on a judicial election in the March primary in a rare electoral event. The Sacramento Superior Court for Office Number 21's open seat has three candidates.

The candidates include family law attorney Bobby Luna, Sacramento County deputy district attorney Amy Holliday, and administrative law judge Noel Calvillo. Holliday has landed the most significant local law enforcement endorsements in the non-partisan race. 

Among local elected law enforcement support, Holliday has earned the two highest in Sacramento County, Sacramento County District Attorney Thein Ho, and Sacramento County Sheriff Jim Cooper. Typically, since they are civil servants, local police department chiefs refrain from issuing endorsements, but the Sacramento County Police Chief Association has lent its support.

Other law enforcement associations endorsing Holliday are the Elk Grove Police Officers Association, Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs' Association, and Sacramento County Police Officers' Association.

Aside from Cooper and Ho, the only other Sacramento County elected official endorsing Holliday is Sacramento County Supervisor Rich Desmond, a retired California Highway Patrol officer. West Sacramento (Yolo County) Mayor pro tem Quirina Orozco also supports Holliday.

While all Superior Court judges in California have six-year terms, they are typically appointed to their positions by the governor when a vacancy occurs. If the appointed judge is not challenged after their term ends, they automatically retain their seat.

CalMatters states, "Some judges time their retirement close enough to an even-year general election to sidestep the appointment process, instead allowing local attorneys to run for an open seat."

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