Justice O’Connor argues for merit-selection; opponent calls elections democracy in action

By Amelia Flood ’07
From the Madison County Record: (Edwardsville, IL)

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor remembers when she ran for her first judgeship in her home state of Arizona. That experience – and her respect for the Founding Fathers – has made her a staunch advocate for reforming how states pick the men and women who sit as judges.

While most states, like Illinois, elect judges in increasingly heated and well-funded contests, O’Connor said she would like to see changes toward merit-based selection processes.