Governor Brown appoints two new SLO County Superior Court judges

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointments of Hernaldo J. Baltodano and Jesse J. Marino to judgeships in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.

Baltodano, 41, of San Luis Obispo, has been a partner at Baltodano and Baltodano LLP since 2011. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis.

Baltodano fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michael L. Duffy. Baltodano is a Democrat.

Jesse J. Marino, 46, of San Luis Obispo, has served as a deputy district attorney at the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office since 2004. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Marino fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jac A. Crawford. Marino is a Democrat.

In May, Brown announced the appointment of Tana L. Coates to a judgeship in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. Coates is a Democrat.

Total compensation for a judgeship in SLO County is $191,612.

To protect voters’ right to control their judicial branch, a newly appointed judge must face the voters at the very next election if he or she is to keep the position and fill out the remainder of their six-year term.

Because three vacancies have been filled and four judges or up for reelection, it appears there will be seven judges on the ballot for the 2018 election, Tana Coates, Jesse Marino, Hernaldo Baltodano, Charles Crandall, Jacquelyn Duffy, Barry LaBarbera and Craig van Rooyen.

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