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Tara Flanagan Elected Judge Without Runoff

Defeats two opponents to win vacant Superior Court post.

 

Bay City News -- Oakland attorney Tara Flanagan has won election to a vacant seat on the Alameda County Superior Court bench, defeating two other candidates in a three-way race.

Flanagan will replace Judge Carl Morris, who is retiring.

In final semi-official results released late Monday, Flanagan, 48, had 50.8 percent of the vote; Andrew Wiener, 53, had 30 percent; and Catherine Haley, 60, had 18.6 percent.

Flanagan only had 49 percent of the vote on election night, so she faced the possibility of a runoff election with Wiener in November. 

But additional ballots counted after the election gave her enough votes to put her over the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff. 

"I'm thrilled to be elected and win outright in June," Flanagan said today.

Flanagan is a former Los Angeles prosecutor who now has her own law practice in Oakland focused on family law cases. She was endorsed by the Alameda County Democratic Party and most current Alameda County Superior Court judges.

She said, "I played rugby for the U.S. rugby team that won the World Cup in 1991 and I approached the judge's race in the same way in terms of preparation."

Wiener, who has a law office in San Francisco but lives in Oakland, formerly served on the Oakland Public Ethics Commission. Haley, a former flight attendant, has practiced law in Oakland since 1993.

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Paul Vargas June 13, 2012 at 05:33 AM
I never heard of any of these people. Knowing she's backed by the Democrats, tells me she'll be soft on crime. Should fit in good with Nancy O'Malley.
JAMES June 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM
JAMES ALBERT; wrote : ABSOLUTELY, ANDREW WIENER WOULD OF BEEN A GOOD CHOICE AS AN ADVOCATE OF THE PEOPLE AND BE FAIR & UPHOLDING THE LAW, TARA FLANAGAN IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A DISFUCTIONAL COURT SYSTEM AND A MEMBER OF THE PUPPET COURT HOUSE GANG. SHE IS WEAK LIKE NANCY O'MALLEY WITH NO ACCOUNTABILITY.
Jethro Mayham July 05, 2013 at 05:22 PM
What a joke on the people of Berkeley.

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