Lawyer plans campaign against Oregon judge facing charges
Aug. 22, 2017
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The executive director of the Marion County Association of Defenders announced he will file to run against a county judge who is facing two felony gun charges and two first-degree official misconduct charges.
Salem lawyer Jon Weiner plans to challenge Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day's seat in the May 2018 election, the Statesman Journal reported (http://stjr.nl/2wvhAos ).
Weiner's 10-year stint as a part-time pro tem judge with Salem Municipal Court fueled his interest in running for the seat, he said, but Day's criminal charges reaffirmed his desire to run.
"It is harmful and distracting to the Marion County justice system and legal community, and runs counter to the best interests of the people of Marion County overall," Weiner said. "It's time for a change."
Day is accused of allowing a convicted felon and Navy SEAL to possess and control guns on at least two occasions in 2013 and 2014. He is also accused of instructing staff to inappropriately screen same-sex wedding applicants.
Michael Paul De Muniz, Day's attorney, said he could not comment on whether Day plans on running to keep his seat.
Weiner plans on filing his candidacy Sept. 10, which is the first day he's able to.
"I love being a judge," Weiner said. "It's time for a new chapter."
Day is scheduled for a 12-person jury trial Nov. 7.