Electing judges to the Oregon Supreme Court is one of the most distant but significant tasks of the Oregon voter. Unless we have been in court, most of us have no association with the world of lawyers and judges. And even fewer still have any contact with the appellate courts.

On the May ballot, we have a rare opportunity to elect a new judge to the Oregon Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of W. Michael Gillette. Unlike the fracas that we will shortly see over President Obama's selection of a new U.S. Supreme Court justice, Oregon's election is decidedly low key. But that does not diminish the importance of the Oregon Supreme Court's role in our lives.

The candidates on your ballot are Jack Landau and Allan J. Arlow.?Landau is a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals. Arlow is an administrative law judge at the Oregon Public Utility Commission.

When he was a relatively young lawyer, Judge Landau made a choice of public service over a very lucrative private practice. "I feel like I help make a difference every day," said Landau. "We help individuals get along with their lives."

As an appeals court judge for 17 years, Landau has already done the work of a Supreme Court judge, and he has done it very well.

Jack Landau is the obvious choice in this race.

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