Erie, Penn. — A jury of professional peers rated David Ridge as the most qualified candidate to be the next judge for the Erie County Court of Common Pleas. Ridge received 99% of the vote from peers as “highly recommended” or “recommended” to be judge.
Ridge was one of only two candidates designated as “highly recommended”. Ridge received 82 percent of the votes for the category of highly recommended — a 24 percentage-point lead over the next candidate.
Ridge also swept the four core competencies and qualification categories, ranking 4.7 out of 5. These qualifications — competency, integrity, temperament, and experience — are crucial to the bench and to the service of the community.
“To be acknowledged by my peers in this way is humbling,” said Ridge after receiving the results on Friday. “Knowing they view me as the most competent and experienced candidate with the highest integrity and temperament is an honor — one I would remember and demonstrate daily from the bench as judge.”
The ECBA conducts judicial candidate ratings so that the public knows how fellow lawyers, who work more closely with the candidates than anyone else, would rate their qualifications to be judge.
“This is unprecedented,” said Tim George, fellow attorney and chair of the Ridge for Judge campaign. “No lawyer has ever received such a high rating — 99% overall recommendation — and I think it’s a great testament to David and the tremendous respect our peers have for him as a person, trial lawyer, and ultimately as a judge.”
The results are based on Erie County Bar Association membership. The complete report is available at www.eriebar.com.