Editorial: Would You Want a Heart Surgeon Elected at Polls?

VOTERA Frederick (Md.) News Post editorial says about electing judges: “Ask yourself this: Would you want heart surgery from a doctor who was elected by popular vote?”

Following a “dramatic” surprise in a Frederick County Circuit Court race, the editorial asserts that it’s time to reconsider the way such judges are picked in Maryland. A nonpartisan commission screens qualified candidates and gives recommendations to the governor, who makes an appointment. Circuit judges seek a new term by running in a nonpartisan, contested election.

In Frederick County, a challenger won in such an election — which the editorial called an “all-out political brawl.” As a result, the editorial says, the “the whole nomination process is now in question. Where’s the merit in having a commission vet candidates if the electorate simply overturns the commission’s recommendation?”