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Opinion: Vote yes to retain Justice Carney

A vote to retain her is a vote for our constitutional system and judicial independence.

Juneau voters have the opportunity to confirm we want an unbiased, highly competent justice on the Alaska Supreme Court. In 2016, Governor Walker recognized Sue Carney’s impressive qualifications in selecting her to sit on our highest court, the third woman in Alaska history. Justice Carney has since served the state in an exemplary fashion. She should be retained. Justice Sue Carney has a well-deserved reputation for integrity, impartiality, and intelligence. In the Alaska Judicial Council’s evaluation of her performance on the bench – including a review of hundreds of decisions and survey of legal professionals – she scored a very high overall rating of 4.6 on a 5 point scale.

Not surprisingly, the council unanimously recommends she be retained. Justice Carney has a long record of service, in both her personal and professional life. Over nearly three decades at the Alaska Public Defender Agency and Office of Public Advocacy, she advocated for children, families and indigent defendants as a trial attorney and guardian ad litem. She’s been an active volunteer for youth sports, nonprofit boards and community and professional groups.

Alaska is rightly proud of our constitution’s merit-based system for selecting judges. Our judges are not beholden to campaign donors or special interests. Justice Carney’s intelligence, fairness and legal acumen are beyond question. A vote to retain her is a vote for our constitutional system and judicial independence. Finish the ballot and vote yes to retain Justice Sue Carney on the Alaska Supreme Court.

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Susan Cox,


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