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Mazzone at top in judicial rating poll

May 2, 2008
By FRED CONNORS, For The Weirton Daily Times
Circuit Judge James Mazzone is the 1st Judicial Circuit’s highest-rated candidate, according to the 2008 Judicial Evaluation Poll commissioned by the West Virginia State Bar.

R.L. Repass and Partners Inc., an independent research firm, asked bar members to rate candidates in seven categories using a four-point rating system.

Of a possible 4.0, Mazzone’s overall qualification for office was 3.5, based upon 95 percent of those responding.

Mazzone scored 3.9 for courtesy and consideration to others; 3.6 for diligence and dedication, integrity, moral courage and impartiality; 3.4 for legal ability, intelligence and reasoning ability, and decisiveness and promptness.

“I was flattered that so many of my colleagues expressed such a high regard for my performance over the past seven and one-half years,” Mazzone said. “To have received such high ratings was very humbling, particularly given the high caliber of judges in the Northern Panhandle.”

Circuit Judge Arthur Recht ranked second in the polling with an overall rating of 3.4.

Other 1st Judicial Circuit ratings include Ronald Wilson, 3.1; Martin J. Gaughan, 3.3; Worthy Paul, 2.3; Jack Wood, who withdrew his candidacy, 2.4.

The 1st Judicial Circuit includes Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties.

In the 2nd Judicial Circuit, comprised of Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, Judge Mark A. Karl received an overall rating of 3.2.

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1st Judicial Circuit Judge James Mazzone

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