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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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Solano County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Department 3

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John M. Coffer

Attorney at law
30,317 votes (44.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To act at all times with integrity. To do the right thing, in full compliance with the law regardless of consequences.
  • To use all the skill and the knowledge developed over 38 years of practicing law. To utilize my competence and integrity to resolve disputes in a timely manner.
  • To address disputes in a timely, fair and just manner.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney at Law
Attorney at Law, Law Offices of John M. Coffer (1989–current)
Deputy District Attorney, Solano County District Attorney's Office (1980–1989)

Education

California Western School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (1978)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelors of Arts Degree, General Studies (1975)

Biography

John was raised in Vacaville and attended Vacaville schools, continuing on to the University of Calirfonia Berkeley and California Western School of Law.  He and his wife Kathy continue to live in Vacaville where they rasied their two children.  He started his legal career in 1980 at the Solano County District Attorney's Office where he worked for almost ten years.  While there, he tried numerous serious felony cases including several murder caess.  In 1989, John went into private practice handling a variety of civil and criminal cases and ultimately focused on criminal defense.  He has conitnued in this role since then.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Tom Ferrara, Solano County Sheriff
  • John Vasquez, Solano County Board of Supervisors, District 4
  • J. Clinton Peterson, Presiding Justice, Division 5, 1st District Court of Appeal, Retired

Elected Officials (32)

  • William Reustle
  • Hermie Sunga, Council Member, City of Vallejo
  • Jess Malgapo, Council Member, City of Vallejo
  • Dilenna Harris, Council Member, City of Vacaville
  • Mike Segala, Council Member, City of Suisun City
  • Catherine Moy, Council Member, City of Fairfield
  • Chuck Timm, Vice Mayor, City of Fairfield
  • Donna Stashyn, Solano County Superior Court Judge
  • R. Michael Smith, Solano County Superior Court Judge, Retired
  • Dora Rios, Solano County Superior Court Judge
  • Jaime Rene Ramon, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge
  • David E. Power, Solano County Superior Court Judge, Retired
  • William Pendergast, Solano County Superior Court Judge
  • E. Bradley Nelson, Solano County Superior Court Judge
  • Michael E. Nail, Solano County Superior Court Judge, Retired
  • James Moelk, Solano County Superior Court Judge, Retired
  • Richard Mack Harris, Solano County Superior Court Judge, Retired
  • Scott Kays, Solano County Superior Court Judge, Retired
  • Robert C. Fracchia, Solano County Superior Court Judge
  • Peter B. Foor, Solano County Superior Court Judge
  • Dwight C. Ely, Solano County Superior Court Judge, Retired
  • John B. Ellis, Solano County Superior Court Judge
  • D. Scott Daniels, Solano County Superior Court Judge
  • F. Paul Dacey, Solano County Superior Court Judge, Retired
  • Allan P. Carter, Solano County Superior Court Judge, Retired
  • Robert S. Bowers, Solano County Superior Court Judge
  • Thom Bogue, Mayor, City of Dixon
  • Pete Sanchez, Mayor, City of Suisun City
  • Harry Price, Mayor, City of Fairfield
  • Len Augustine, Mayor, City of Vacaville
  • Bob Sampayan, Mayor, City of Valejo
  • Marc Tonnesen, Solano County Assessor/Recorder

Individuals (66)

  • Greg Spiritosanto
  • Bill Mortimore
  • Warren Gomes
  • Jim Baumann
  • Daniel Russo
  • Vince Maher
  • Pierre Bidou, Chief, Benicia Police Department, Retired
  • William O. Zerby
  • Micheal Thompson
  • Mark Pappas
  • Amy Morton
  • Patti Keener
  • Doug Keener, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Retired
  • Apin Celones
  • Anthony Intintoli
  • Osby Davis
  • Wanda Tucker
  • Ourania Riddle
  • Gary Riddle
  • Ginger Emerson
  • Bob Emerson
  • Eileen Aurea
  • Clark Aurea
  • Sid Whiting
  • Jeff Thoma
  • Bud Stevenson
  • Elizabeth Ring
  • Chris Pedersen
  • David W. Paulson, Solano County District Attorney, Retired
  • Chris Jackson
  • Barry Newman
  • Wayne Knight
  • Denis Honeychurch
  • Mike Fernald, Chief Investigator, Solano County District Attorney's Office, Retired
  • John Coyle
  • Dayton Call
  • Dennis Becksted
  • Gary Falati
  • Michael Nolan
  • Kathleen Keeshen
  • Phillip Abrams
  • Mel Yarbor, Solano County Sheriff's Dept., Retired
  • Kim Yarbor
  • Randy Weaver, Lieutenant, Vacaville Police Dept., Retired
  • John Thompson
  • Diane Thompson
  • Richard Rico
  • Eugene Ray
  • Linda Pryor
  • Ed Pryor
  • Joe Lopez
  • Steve Kappel
  • Rob Harris
  • Mark Gonzales
  • Carol Cronin
  • Rick Coffer
  • Michelle Coffer
  • David Bowman
  • Eugene Borghello, Special Investigations Group
  • David Bianchi, Bianchi Home Repair
  • Mike Ashford, Lieutenant, Vacaville Police Dept., Retired
  • Claudia Archer
  • James Archer
  • C.C. Yin

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

The philosophy of a trial court judge ought to be straight forward and simply to explain.  He or she must constantly maintain a mind that is open to the facts and arguments of the litigants who appear before him.  A judge must view each case as if it is the first time he has considered the issues presented, and thereby restrain the natural impulse to let preconceived views bias his decision.  A judge must have the courage of his beliefs.  It is inevitable that a judge will be called upon to make a decision he knows will be met with disapproval and even anger from the public.  He must not fear this response but understand that it is what may naturally come from living in a free society.  No judge will remain on the bench forever, his time is limited no matter what he does, and therefore it is better that he do what is right by the law and his community and let the rest resolve itself. 

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