Judges & Community Leaders Endorse Rebecca Kanter

ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

Sara Jacobs, United States Representative

Mike Levin, United States Representative

Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer

Toni Atkins, President pro Tempore, California State Senate

Nathan Fletcher, Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Nora Vargas, Vice Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Terra Lawson-Remer, San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Tasha Boerner Horvath, Assemblymember

Chris Ward, Assemblymember

Todd Gloria, Mayor, City of San Diego

Mary Casillas Salas, Mayor, City of Chula Vista 

Catherine Blakespear, Mayor, City of Encinitas

Serge Dedina, Mayor, City of Imperial Beach

Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, Mayor, National City 

Mara Elliott, San Diego City Attorney

Sean Elo-Rivera, President, San Diego City Council

Raul Campillo, San Diego City Councilmember

Joe LaCava, San Diego City Councilmember

Vivian Moreno, San Diego City Councilmember

Marni von Wilpert, San Diego City Councilmember

Paloma Aguirre, Imperial Beach City Councilmember

Colin Parent, La Mesa City Councilmember

Roberto Alcantar, President, Southwestern Community College District Governing Board

Ross Pike, Director, North County Fire Protection District

Hon. Lynn Schenk, Former Congresswoman

Lorena Gonzalez, Former Assemblymember

Crystal Crawford, Former Mayor, City of Del Mar

Barbara Bry, Former San Diego City Councilmember

Whitney Benzian, Former Coronado City Councilmember

Mark West, Former Imperial Beach Councilmember

JUDGES

 

Hon. Olga Alvarez, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Katherine Bacal, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Wendy Behan, Superior Court Judge

Hon. David Berry, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Laura Birkmeyer, Superior Court Judge

Hon. David G. Brown, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Yvonne E. Campos, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Rachel Cano, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Jose Castillo, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Cindy Davis, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Laura Duffy, Superior Court Judge and Former U.S. Attorney

Hon. Patricia Garcia, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez, District Court Judge (Ret.)

Hon. Albert Harutunian III, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Margo Lewis Hoy, Superior Court Judge (Ret.)

Hon. Michelle Ialeggio, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Tamila Ipema, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Aaron Katz, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Keri Katz, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Julia Kelety, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Carol Lam, Former U.S. Attorney and Superior Court Judge

Hon. Robert Longstreth, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Pennie McLaughlin, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Amalia Meza, Superior Court Judge (Ret.)

Hon. Dwayne Moring, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Tim Nader, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Adrienne Orfield, Superior Court Judge (Ret.)

Hon. Terrie Roberts, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Paula Rosenstein, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Alana Wong Robinson, Superior Court Judge and Former U.S. Attorney

Hon. Roderick W. Shelton, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Sherry Thompson-Taylor, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Victor Torres, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Leonard Trinh, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Joan Weber, Superior Court Judge

Hon. Margie Gunthardt Woods, Superior Court Judge (Ret.)

Hon. Rohanee Zapanta, Superior Court Judge

COMMUNITY LEADERS

Jordan Beane, Former PB Town Council Member

Jamie Beck, President of Free to Thrive and Past President, Lawyers Club of San Diego

Nadia Bermudez, Attorney and Past President, Lawyers Club of San Diego

Sarah Boot, Attorney and Past President, Lawyers Club of San Diego

Adam Braverman, Former U.S. Attorney

Robert S. Brewer, Jr., Former U.S. Attorney

Gil Cabrera, Chair, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors and Past Chair, San Diego Ethics Commission

Jodi Cleesattle, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice

Danna Cotman, IP Attorney and Past President, Lawyers Club of San Diego

Deborah Dixon, Trial Attorney and Past President, Lawyers Club of San Diego

Karen Hewitt, Former U.S. Attorney

Janet Bledsoe Lacy, Attorney and Past Oceanside Unified School District Board of Trustee Member

Heather Riley, Attorney and Past President, San Diego County Bar Association

Kristin Rizzo, Mediator and Past President, San Diego County Bar Association

Paul Robinson, Vice Chair, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors

Anna Romanskaya, Family Law Attorney and Past San Diego County Bar Association Director

Heather Rosing, Attorney and Past President, San Diego County Bar Association

Johanna Schiavoni, Appellate Attorney and Past President, San Diego County Bar Association

 

TESTIMONIALS

She's the kind of colleague I would be thrilled to have on the Superior Court! A strong, capable lawyer and leader with integrity!

 Hon. Yvonne E. Campos, Superior Court Judge

For the past 15 years I have known Rebecca to be a great contributor to our community. She is undoubtedly exceptionally qualified to serve as a judicial officer.  Hon. Michelle Ialeggio, Superior Court Judge

I am proud to endorse Rebecca Kanter for Superior Court Judge. An Assistant U.S. Attorney for almost 16 years, her commitment to serving the public with empathy and integrity makes her the exact judge that our community needs.  Sara Jacobs, U.S. Congresswoman (CA-53)

 

I am pleased to endorse Rebecca Kanter for Superior Court Seat 35. Rebecca will bring leadership, experience and integrity to the bench. Rebecca has been a champion for fairness and equality, especially the advancement of women in leadership. Rebecca's experience prosecuting complex financial crimes demonstrates that she has the intellectual rigor to be an excellent judge. 

 Fiona Ma, California Treasurer

I am proud to support Rebecca Kanter for Superior Court Judge. She is a thoughtful, compassionate, and hard-working public servant and community volunteer. I have served together with Rebecca on the San Diego Federal Daycare Board of Directors, and have seen that she is organized, conscientious, and inclusive in leading a diverse group. She balances her administrative strength and leadership skills with the patience and compassion she has developed as a parent. I know she will bring these qualities to her role as a judge.

Terra Lawson-Remer, San Diego County Supervisor

I believe Rebecca would be a great addition to our judiciary. When I first met Rebecca, we had a memorable conversation about the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which Rebecca was carrying a copy of in her purse. As I have learned more about Rebecca and her career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, I have been impressed by her intellect, her commitment to public service, and her values. Rebecca's commitment to meaningful causes such as environmental protection and women's equality reflects her values, her devotion to service, and the value she places in engaged citizenship. She would bring to the bench not only her excellent academic credentials and professional experience, but her deep connection to the community and her demonstrated commitment to fairness, justice and equality.

 Nathan Fletcher, Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors

As a former prosecutor who spent years practicing law before our county judges, I know just how important it is to have experienced and thoughtful judges on the Superior Court bench. Our county judges handle issues on every topic and require deep intellect to be fair and impartial in their rulings. It is a tough job that needs smart and honest people to do it. This is why I endorse Rebecca Kanter for the Superior Court: she has served nearly her entire career in the courtroom setting representing the people of the United States, aiming for justice and fairness across many areas of law. Rebecca's passion for justice, her impeccable reputation for ethics and honesty, and her life-long public service are exactly what we need in our judges. I strongly endorse Rebecca Kanter for Superior Court judge.

 Raul Campillo, San Diego City Councilmember and Former Deputy City Attorney

Rebecca has all the qualities to be a great judge. She is smart, diligent, fair and passionate about the community. I worked closely with Rebecca when she was the President of the Board of Directors of WiLDCOAST, an international non-profit I co-founded with a mission of conserving coastal and marine ecosystems and addressing climate change through natural solutions. Rebecca and I share a commitment to environmental conservation and justice. Rebecca is a leader who isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves to get things done; she was instrumental in improving WiLDCOAST's board governance, including revising the bylaws to comply with updated California nonprofit law. I know Rebecca would serve the San Diego Superior Court with integrity and fairness. 

Serge Dedina, Mayor, Imperial Beach

I am proud to endorse Rebecca Kanter for Superior Court Judge. She will bring to the bench her experience as a tough prosecutor against public corruption, and her history of advocacy for our coastal environment.

Colin Parent, La Mesa City Councilmember

I have known Rebecca Kanter for nearly two decades. She is exceptionally well qualified to serve as a superior court judge given her trial and appellate experience as a federal prosecutor and years of service in leadership roles in many organizations. From the boardroom to the courtroom, I have confidence in Rebecca's integrity, fairness, and commitment to serving the public. San Diego would be fortunate to have Rebecca serve as a judge on the superior court.

Johanna Schiavoni, Appellate Attorney and Past President, San Diego County Bar Association

 

Rebecca is exactly who we need on the Superior Court.  She is one of the most thoughtful, kind and intelligent people I have the honor of knowing.  Her enthusiasm and candor will elevate the local courts and I am confident that, once seated on the bench, she will help advance the San Diego County Bar Association’s efforts to improve access to justice for everyone. 

 Heather Riley, Attorney and Past President, San Diego County Bar Association

Now, more than ever, we need to have judges who understand the importance of advocacy and seeking justice for our communities. Without question, Rebecca Kanter is that advocate and I look forward to seeing her serve on the bench..

Ross Pike, Director, North County Fire Protection District

 

Smart, great judgment, hard working, terrific experience, balanced demeanor. To me, all the qualities one would want in a judge.

Steven J. Olson, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers

Rebecca is a thoughtful and intelligent attorney who would be an asset to the Superior Court. Rebecca and I worked together as  Lawyer Representatives for the District Court, where she earned the respect of both the federal bench and the bar with her dedicated and engaged service. Knowing that I had served as the Chair of the City of San Diego Ethics Commission, Rebecca recruited me to lecture at an ethics program she started for the San Diego Leadership Alliance’s leadership training institute. I was impressed by Rebecca’s commitment to legal and political ethics, and her effort to ensure that the next generation of political leaders was trained to share these values. I enthusiastically support Rebecca’s campaign for San Diego Superior Court seat 35.

Gil Cabrera, Chair, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors and Past Chair, San Diego Ethics Commission

 

Rebecca is more than qualified to become a Judge, and our community would benefit from her legal experience, intelligence, empathy, inclusivity and work ethic.  I have known Rebecca to be a strong leader and a well-respected attorney in our community for years.  Her commitment to public service is evident not only from her legal work, but also her dedication to ensure everyone has equal access to justice.  Without hesitation, I fully endorse and support Rebecca Kanter for Superior Court Judge.

Deborah Dixon, Trial Attorney and Past President, Lawyers Club of San Diego

Rebecca Kanter is smart, compassionate, and fair, and she has the experience needed to be a first-rate judge. She will be a wonderful addition to the San Diego Superior Court. — Jodi Cleesattle, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice

Rebecca is an extremely honorable and ethical prosecutor, and will make an outstanding superior Court Judge. 

G. Cole Casey, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney

 

I fully endorse and support Rebecca Kanter for Superior Court Judge. Rebecca and I met over fifteen years ago when we were opposing counsel in a highly contested criminal case. We had a collegiate working relationship despite the divergent interests of our clients, and we became friends during and after our work on the case. Rebecca and I have worked together in numerous organizations ever since. She is smart, fair, thoughtful, and reasonable. Rebecca would be an excellent addition to our judiciary. I am proud to support her in this race.

Jenn French, Attorney, Singer, Volunteer

Rebecca is a true public servant. She is passionate about and dedicated to our justice system. She approaches her legal work with true thoughtfulness, integrity, compassion and fairness. She's also one of the most articulate, intelligent, efficient and decisive people you'll ever meet. Her professional reputation is outstanding and well-deserved. She loves the law, and she believes in our institutions. I can think of no one better suited for the bench than Rebecca.  — Mana Lombardo, Attorney

Rebecca is a passionate advocate for justice and her intelligence, integrity, values and work ethic is exactly what we need sitting on the bench. — Katherine Wich Sugden, General Counsel

Rebecca Kanter is both a terrific lawyer and a wonderful human. She would make an excellent judge! — Emily Keifer, Attorney

 

Excellent attorney/prosecutor; would be outstanding on the Superior Court bench! — Thomas Haine, Attorney

Rebecca is highly qualified and cares about our community. — Trish MacDonald

I met Rebecca at the Women’s Equality Day event, August 27th, 2022. I found her to be intelligent and well spoken as well as a supporter of women. I endorse her for the position Superior Court Judge. Paula Micallaf

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