Lohrmann is choice in close contest
for Superior Court
His opponent, Richard Wernette, is
certainly a solid choice for judge, but we give the edge to John
Lohrmann because of his vast community service.
By the Editorial Board of the Union-Bulletin
Sunday, August 4, 2008 — Walla
Walla County voters face a difficult choice in the Aug. 19 election.
Both candidates to fill the Superior Court judge position being vacated
by retiring Robert Zagelow will do an excellent job.
Lohrmann and Richard Wernette have the intelligence and experience
necessary to serve on the bench.
This creates a dilemma, albeit a good one, for voters. They have a tough
choice to make, but they simply can’t go wrong.
Lohrmann and Wernette each bring strengths to the position.
Wernette has a strong background in criminal law after working as a
criminal defense attorney for 22 years. Since about 80 percent of the
Superior Court’s work involves criminal or family law, Wernette’s
knowledge and experience should not be overlooked.
Lohrmann has 31 years of legal experience (nine more than Wernette),
mostly in civil law. Still, he is no stranger to the courtroom. He has
taken many cases to trial over the past three decades.
While we see Wernette’s criminal experience as an advantage — at least
for the first few months on the job — we don’t see it as an overwhelming
advantage. Lohrmann clearly understands law and his extensive civil
experience, including some complex cases, will serve him well in the
area of interpretting criminal law. Beyond that, Lohrmann does have some
experience with criminal law. Lohrmann has filled in for the Superior
Court judges on occasion. He has also filled in as District Court judge.
Wernette, too, fills in for Superior Court judges. He currently serves
as College Place Municipal Court Judge and as a Superior Court
commissioner, which essentially means he regularly fills in when the
judges are away.
But what separates the two candidates is community service. Lohrmann now
serves and has served on a number of volunteer boards and has been
actively involved in a variety of community efforts over the past three
decades. His roots are planted firmly in the community.
We see Lohrmann’s vast community service as an advantage in this race.
First, it demonstrates he truly cares about Walla Walla and its people.
More importantly, however, Lohrmann understands the people of this
Valley. He is in touch with their values.
A judge must do more than comb through law
books. He must assess situations and make fair judgements. Being a
Superior Court judge requires a deep understanding of people.
We have no doubt that Lohrmann’s 30-plus years of law and the depth of
his community involvement have prepared him very well for this important
It is for this reason that we give the edge in this very close contest
We believe Lohrmann will serve the people of Walla Walla County
extremely well now and in the future.
VotingforJudges.org, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA
As the election approaches, Votingforjudges.org will include ratings and endorsements from
numerous organizations. We provide this information so that voters will be
better informed about the candidates. We do not rate or endorse any candidates;
the ratings and endorsements of organizations included at this site reflect the
views of those individual organizations and not necessarily the views of votingforjudges.org or its sponsors.