San Francisco Judge

Michael Nava for Judge, San Francisco Superior Court

I know, I’m not from the San Francisco area. But I’ve been following Michael Nava for a long time and it takes a lot for any political candidate to impress me. He’s openly gay, has a long time life partner, and he’s working hard to go up against tradition so he can make positive changes. If I lived in the San Francisco area I’d be going door to door helping get him votes. But the best I can do is post a few of his e-mails here for readers. If you’re in the SF area, please take the time to read these. And please pass this on to anyone you might know in SF.

60 DAYS AND COUNTING

Greetings from the campaign trail

—It was a year ago this month – just before my 55th birthday on September 16 – that I decided to run for the San Francisco Superior Court. It was not an easy decision. I’ve been a lawyer for almost 30 years. I realized that in a couple of years I could retire and begin another career, maybe as a teacher, or return to writing fiction, or pursue any one of my many interests outside the law.

But in the last few years it has become clear to me that the lack of diversity among California’s judges is a serious issue on many levels. It means that for young people from disenfranchised communities who want to enter the profession – young people of color, women, LGBT people – there are few role models and mentors to look to for encouragement, inspiration and assistance. It means that the people most likely to be ensnared in the legal system on both the criminal and civil side –poor people of color –are confronted by a system in which no one looks like them or has had their life experience. When I was a young prosecutor in the early 80’s, often the only other Latino in the courtroom was the defendant. I fear that that has not much changed.

I entered the race to change the status quo and help create a judiciary in San Francisco that looks like the community it serves.

We are now in the last stretch of this race. It has been hard-fought campaign and my opponent has tried everything from frontal assaults to backroom political maneuvers but the people gave me the highest number of votes in June and, if I can continue to get my message out to them, will give us victory on November 2nd.

I cannot begin to express the gratitude I feel for those of you who have supported me in this long and exhausting effort; I can only hope to repay that debt by becoming the best judge and public servant I can be.

In these final few weeks, I need your help more than ever. If you have considered making a contribution to my campaign, in whatever amount, now is the time. My budget requires me to raise $60,000 between now and mid-October. That money will go to sending out mailers, paying for slots on slate cards, and other forms of advertisement. Help me across the finish line by making an on-line contribution at http://www.navaforjudge.com or downloading the contributor form on my website and sending a check to: Michael Nava for Judge 2010, PO Box 78403, SF, CA. 94107.

Thank you, Michael

Michael Nava Running for Judge in San Fran…

I’m not very political…not often that is (big grin). But when I see someone running for office that I think is in tune with my beliefs, I think it’s important to support them. Michael Nava is an openly gay writer who is running for judge in San Francisco. I’m posting information below from his web site, and links to other sources of information about him. Even though many of us don’t live in the San Francisco area, I think it’s important to support LGBT candidates everywhere, especially now that we’re all linked through social networking and the Internet.

For 28 years, I have dedicated my legal career to achieving a fairer and more representative legal system. My deep experience in the law and deep respect for our legal system brought me to work for Supreme Court Justice Carlos R. Moreno as a Supreme Court attorney, where I deal with complex legal issues in cases of statewide significance on the country’s most active and well-respected courts.

My commitment to public service, desire to help create a system that works for all people, and my work as an advocate for diversity in the legal profession and the courts inspired my decision to run for San Francisco Superior Court Judge in June of 2010.

I hope you will join my campaign and continue to visit our website for updates on how you can get involved.

From Facebook: Crime novelist Michael Nava, an openly gay staff attorney for California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, has spent the last four years patiently waiting for an appointment to an appellate court seat. But so far Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has passed him over each time a vacancy has arisen on San Francisco’s 1st District Court of Appeal.