The Yolo County Bar Association, whose members are attorneys and judges who work in this county, has endorsed Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio for election as judge. Beronio received the support of more than 75 percent of the membership of the bar, president Allison Zuvela announced.
The Bar Association held a public forum at which all four candidates spoke to the members and answered questions. Following the forum, members were polled and were asked two questions: Should the County Bar endorse a candidate for election to the judicial position? And if so, which candidate?
“The members said that they wanted to endorse a candidate,” Zuvela said. “We determined that we would not endorse any candidate who did not receive at least 50 percent plus one. If no candidate had received a majority, we would have held a runoff between the top two. Turned out a runoff ballot wasn’t necessary, because Janene Beronio received the vote of over 75 percent of the membership on the very first ballot.”
Beronio and three others are running for an open seat on the Yolo Superior Court bench created with the announced retirement of Judge Steve Mock. Beronio has served as a Yolo court commissioner, handling a variety of judicial assignments, for the past 25 years.