Much has been said about the recent race between Justice Joel Horton and John Bradbury. One of Bradbury's key points was that Justices should be elected and stand before the people instead of being appointed. That both Justices Schroeder and Trout resigned early in order to allow the Governor to appoint the replacement seemed to Bradbury to give too much power to the Gov. For what it's worth, I think it would be nice to have a more independent judiciary, and appointment just allows the Gov, whoever the Gov is, to further embed his political philosophy into government.
On the other hand, lots of folks think that elected judges will politicize the office and will cause them to be beholden to donors.
Anyway, let's look at the candidates' financing. We won't know the full picture until later in the month when the post election reports are filed, but through May 11, here's the picture.
Bradbury funded his campaign with $25,000 on March 11, and with another $100,000 on April 25, for a total of $125,000. No other donations shown. It also looks to be donations, not loans.
Horton loaned his campaign $10,000 on March 14. Horton reported $62,050 in donations through May 11 from about 150 donors, including lots of lawyers who potentially will have cases in front of the Supreme Court. On May 15, Horton loaned himself $30,000, and on May 23 he loaned $20,000. Total reported loans, $60,000. Total of loans and contributions, $122,050.
Now that Horton has won, and since he has $60,000 in debt, will he hold fundraisers to retire the debt? That sounds dicey to me.