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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 146

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Armando Durón

Superior Court Commissioner, County of Los Angeles
408,262 votes (38.15%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Serve with integrity and honesty.
  • Serve with the management skills which I already possess, to handle a busy calendar while at the same time making sure that every litigant believe he or she has been heard when they walk out of my courtroom.
  • In a very diverse county, serve all litigants and counsel with the respect they deserve.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Superior Court Commissioner
Attorney,, Law Offices of Armando Duron (1991–2015)

Education

U.C.L.A. J.D., Law (1979)
Loyola Marymount University B.A., Political Science in college (1976)

Community Activities

Board Member, Vincent Price Art Museum Foundation (2015–current)
President, Self Help Graphics (2005–2008)
President, Social and Public Resource Center (SPARC) (1989–1994)
President,, Mexican American Bar Association (1986–1987)

Biography

  • Elected by the 500 judges of Los Angeles Superior Court to serve as Commissioner in 2015
  • Three important assignments: Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Requiring Specific skills: Manage heavy calendar; everyone feels they were heard; render just and fair decisions

I was elected by the 500 Superior Court Judges to serve as Commissioner in 2015. I have had three important assignments since then: Domestic Violence Restraining Orders; Child Support; and regular family law assignment. These assignments and my working-class background have prepared me to be a judge where it counts most: making sure that the parties that appear in front of me feel they have been heard when they leave my courtroom by explaining the reasons for my decisions; rendering decisions that are just and fair to both sides; and managing a heavy case load—all at the same time.

Prior to taking the bench, I was in private practice for over 33 years, representing over 3,000 clients, most of whom came by referrals from satisfied previous clients. I never paid a referral fee or had to advertise.

I attended Loyola Marymount university (1972 to 1976) and U.C.L.A. Law School (1976 to 1979). My education prepared me for the road ahead. A road I now hope to complete as a Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court (Seat No. 146).

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Judge Daniel J. Buckley, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Supervisor Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County
  • Steve Cooley, District Attorney of Los Angeles County (retired)

Organizations (26)

  • California Teachers
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • MABA PAC
  • Latino Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles
  • Service Employees International Union Local 721
  • HONOR PAC
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Whittier Latino Coaliton
  • East Area Progressive Democrats
  • Torrance Democratic Club
  • Miracle Mile Democratic Club
  • Pacific Palisades Democratic Club
  • Alhambra Democratic Club
  • I-Chinese American PAC
  • West Hollywood Democratic Club
  • Los Angeles County Young Democrats
  • Avance Democratic Club
  • Democrats for Neighborhood Action
  • IBEW Local 18
  • UFCW Local 1428
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC)
  • AFSCME Distritc Council 36
  • Metropolitan News
  • Los Angeles Sentienl

Elected Officials (11)

  • Supervisor Hilda Solis, Los Angeles Couty
  • Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano
  • Mike Eng, Los Angeles Community College District, member
  • State Senator Ricardo Lara
  • State Senator Bob Hertzberg
  • Gabriel Buelna, Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees
  • Alex Sabb, Downey City Council
  • Jesse H. Avila, Former San Fernando Councilmember
  • Jerry Velasco, El Monte Councilman
  • Gary Mendez, Rio Hondo Community College District Board of Trustees
  • Andre Quintero, Mayor El Monte

Individuals (32)

  • Judge Thomas Trent Lewis, Supervising Judge - Family Law
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Judge Kevin Brazile, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Judge Zeke Zeidler
  • Judge Yolanda Orozco
  • Judge Patricia Nieto
  • Judge Roberto Longoria
  • Judge Dennis Landin
  • Judge Mildred Escobedo
  • Judge Rudy Diaz
  • Judge Emma Castro
  • Hon. Carlos Moreno, California Supreme Court (retired)
  • Judge Kelvin Filer, Assistant Presiding Judge - Compton
  • Judge Scott M. Gordon, Supervising Judge - Criminal
  • Mayra Rosado, M.D.
  • Yolanda Gonzalez, artist
  • Maria Elena Durazo
  • Enrique Arevalo, Esq.
  • Arnoldo Casillas, Esq.
  • Dep. D.A. Mario Trujillo
  • Frank W. Chen, Esq.
  • Frank Perez, Esq.
  • Judy Perez, Esq.
  • Felipe Placencia, Esq.
  • Rene Ramos, Esq.
  • Lawrence A. Valdivieso, J.D.
  • Raul F. Salinas, Esq.
  • Chun-Yen Chen, Community Leader
  • Judge George Bird
  • Judge Efrain Aceves
  • Jackie Goldberg, Former California State Assembly 45th District
  • Antonio Villaraigoza, Former Mayor of Los Angeles

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (3)

What criteria are most important for voters to use in evaluating judicial candidates?
Answer from Armando Durón:

Experience, temperment, knowledge of the law.

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Armando Durón:

Through a diversified, well-trained judiciary.

Most defendants are held in County jail before trial because they are not able, due to low income or homelessness, to secure bail imposed by the Court at their arraignment.  Does California’s system of imposing bail on defendants need reform?  If so, what would you recommend?
Answer from Armando Durón:

Yes. But the new system should not solve one problem and create another. The process should be tested before it is implemented to make sure that it will work for the defendants, victims and the public.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a life-long registered Democrat. I take my oath to follow the Cannons of Judicial Ethics, the law and my duty to render just and fair decisions seriously. 

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