At the time of writing this, 49 retention (i.e., current) judges will be on Maricopa County November ballots for a YES or NO vote, three on the AZ Supreme Court, six on the Division One Appeals Court, and 40 on the Maricopa County Superior Court. Voters are frequently confused on the issue of whether to vote Yes or No on retaining judges. For this reason we've exhaustively researched the 49 and have made recommendations on which judges to vote No. The AZ judicial information pamphlet will be mailed to voters late in September, however it is complex and lengthy and not easy to follow. We've developed the following list as a quick and easy guide for marking your ballot on whether or not to retain a judge on the bench. Below are our 17 No recommendations, based on extensive research and applying the following criteria:  

(1) At least one judge on the Judicial Performance Commission says that the retention judge does not meet judicial performance standards
(2) If  two Judicial Performance Review averages of at least ten surveys (e.g., lawyers, witnesses/litigants, jury) of integrity, communications, legal ability, etc., are below 85%,
(3) If excessive political bias is indicated (e.g., by a ruling, past partisanship, membership) or if a significant judicial decision otherwise is without merit or of questionable merit.

On this basis, with the numbers below keyed to these criteria, vote NO on:

Judge Name

Court

Criteria Failed

Robert Brutinel

Supreme Court

3

Andrew W. Gould

Supreme Court

3

John Lopez IV

Supreme Court

3

James Morse

Supreme Court

3

Jennifer M. Perkins

Appeals Court

3

Samuel A. Thumma

Appeals Court

3

David Weinzweig

Appeals Court

3

Sara Agne

Superior Court

3

Justin Beresky

Superior Court

2

Scott Blaney

Superior Court

2

Suzanne Cohen

Superior Court

(1)  (2)

Christopher Coury

Superior Court

3

Adam Driggs

Superior Court

(1)

Jo Lynn Gentry

Superior Court

(1) (2)

John Hannah Jr.

Superior Court

2

Sherry Stephens

Superior Court

3

Timothy Thomason

Superior Court

3

For another more detailed perspective on recommendations for judges to vote Yes or No to retain on this year's Maricopa County ballot see
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14WMqSHSbIBIMnAZ-H7JSeGxbEtO11N_HoU6KQ8EhTtM/edit#gid=0