Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What makes a Candidate Qualified?

Hudson City Court Judge Richard M. Koweek and the Democratic endorsed candidate for Columbia County Judge, has been rated “Qualified” by the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission (IJEQC) for the Third Judicial District. 
Judge Koweek is the only candidate for the position of Columbia County Judge to achieve this distinction.
“I am deeply honored". Said Judge Koweek, "The IJEQC process was very detailed and demanding. It was clear during the interview that my judicial experience and demeanor, combined with varied legal knowledge, were significant to the members of the IJEQC. The ‘Qualified’ rating from an independent panel of both lawyers and non-lawyers speaks to my unique qualifications for the position of Columbia County Judge.”

Hudson Democrats Chairman Victor Mendolia said, "It comes as no surprise that Judge Koweek has received a 'Qualified' rating. Everyone who knows him, knows he's qualified.

"The bigger question here is why his opponent did not subject herself to the same scrutiny" said Chairman Mendolia, "It is a shame that Columbia County voters did not have the opportunity to hear where this independent body of lawyers and non-lawyers would have stood, as it regards Ms. Cozzolino's qualifications to sit on the bench.

The IJEQC’s have been established in each judicial district. Each independent screening panel evaluates the qualifications of judicial candidates who voluntarily submit their credentials and experiences to the IJEQC’s scrutiny. Candidates are then interviewed by the interview panel.
For more see the Register-Star