Monday, June 07, 2010

Too Close To Call?

Election day is tomorrow. Haven't made up your mind yet about who you're going to vote for to be Santa Barbara County's next District attorney? Join the club!

This is the first time in memory that both candidates for the position are deputies in the office.

Most people in the know regard Chief Trial Deputy Josh Lynn and Senior Deputy District Attorney Joyce Dudley as equally capable trial attorneys. So, what would give one the edge over the other?

Supporters of Lynn point to his abilities as an administrator and supervisor. And they are quick to point out that Dudley has never held an administrative or supervisory position within the office.

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Dudley supporters counter that prior to becoming an attorney she was the director of the county's Head Start Program, which is of course involves administrative skills.

Dudley's supporters would also point to her long standing involvement with community activities and non-profits, an area where Lynn's resume is notably thin.

Still can't make up your mind? Well, you can't say I didn't try to help.

The only thing you can be sure of in this race is that one of them will be out of a job on Wednesday morning. It's not going to be because the winner is going to force the loser out, but rather because neither one is willing to stay and work for the other. Lynn reportedly already has a job offer from local attorney Barry Cappello to work at his firm, in the event should he lose. Perhaps not that surprising considering that Cappello has donated $5,000 to Lynn's campaign.

Well, at least Lynn won't be panhandling on State Street should he lose.

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