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Judge candidates rake in the dollars

The price to become a Superior Court judge in El Dorado County is expensive.

Six candidates are running for three open judgeship positions in Placerville and will be decided by voters in the Nov. 5 election.

Douglas Phimister, a candidate for Office 1, is leading the pack in monetary terms, with almost $132,000 collected in contributions and loans, according to campaign contribution reports. About $30,000 consists of contributions while $91,000 came from loans.

On Oct. 22, Phimister, a junior judge and attorney, funneled $20,000 of his own cash into his campaign.

He has spent $127,000 on his campaign since January.

Phimister’s opponent, family law attorney Mary Muse, is the second highest cash collector among the candidates. Through loans and contributions, roughly $82,000 was available for Muse. However, statements show she spent about $89,000. On Oct. 21, Muse received $9,000 from a real-estate businessman in El Dorado Hills — her largest contribution.

The remaining four candidates for the two open judgeships have received and spent less than Phimister and Muse, individually.

Sean O’Brien, chief assistant district attorney for El Dorado County, faces private practice attorney Daniel Proud for the race for Superior Court judge in Office 5.

O’Brien has gathered $33,000 for his bid and has spent $24,000. Proud’s financial statement’s were incomplete.

Michael Owen, treasurer for Proud’s campaign, forgot to fill in a column stating contributions for the year starting January 2002, said an official with the elections department. According to campaign statements from July 1 to Oct. 19, Proud captured about $15,500 while spending about $12,000.

The race for Superior Court judge in Office 6 consist of private attorney David Becker and Assistant District Attorney James Wagoner. Becker has raised $66,000 through contributions and loans and has spent about $51,000.

In turn, Wagoner has collected $72,000 and spent $67,000.

— Contact William Ferchland at wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com

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