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Retention Election Information


Why do judges appear on the ballot?

The Alaska Constitution requires a vote of the people for sitting judges to be retained in office. Judges appear on the ballot at the general election in even-numbered years; this is referred to as a “retention election” or a “judicial retention election.” A majority of votes determines whether a judge remains in office for another term.


Judicial retention elections are non-partisan. Judges standing for retention do not run “against” anyone; instead, they run to retain their positions, based on their performance in office. Judges are not allowed to campaign unless someone actively opposes their bid to stay in office.


How do I know whether the judges on the ballot are doing a good job?

To give voters information about judges’ performance, state law requires the Alaska Judicial Council to evaluate each judge standing for retention. The Judicial Council has developed a process to fairly and accurately evaluate each judge’s performance and report that back to you. Judicial evaluations collect information about the judge’s performance and input from everyone who has contact with a judge, including jurors, police officers, court staff, lawyers, social services professionals, and litigants. This information is then used to determine whether the judge met performance standards, including their knowledge of the law, and their fairness and diligence.


Judges on the 2022 Ballot

See only the judges that will be on your ballot:
Photo of Judge Brent Bennett

Brent Bennett


Fairbanks Superior Court
Fourth Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge John C. Cagle

John C. Cagle


Palmer Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Jo-Ann M. Chung

Jo-Ann M. Chung


Anchorage District Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Brian K. Clark

Brian K. Clark


Anchorage District Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Catherine M. Easter

Catherine M. Easter


Anchorage Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Martin C. Fallon

Martin C. Fallon


Kenai District Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Una Sonia Gandbhir

Una Sonia Gandbhir


Anchorage Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Josie Garton

Josie Garton


Anchorage Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Jason Gist

Jason Gist


Kenai Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Terrence Haas

Terrence Haas


Bethel Superior Court
Fourth Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Bethany Harbison

Bethany Harbison


Alaska Court of Appeals
Statewide

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Tom V. Jamgochian

Tom V. Jamgochian


Palmer District Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Lance Joanis

Lance Joanis


Kenai Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Kari Kristiansen

Kari Kristiansen


Palmer Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Thomas A. Matthews

Thomas A. Matthews


Anchorage Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Amy Gurton Mead

Amy Gurton Mead


Juneau Superior Court
First Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge David A. Nesbett

David A. Nesbett


Anchorage District Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Jude Pate

Jude Pate


Sitka Superior Court
First Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson


Anchorage Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Earl Peterson

Earl Peterson


Fairbanks Superior Court
Fourth Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Peter Ramgren

Peter Ramgren


Anchorage Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Kevin Saxby

Kevin Saxby


Anchorage Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Daniel Schally

Daniel Schally


Juneau Superior Court
First Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Ben Seekins

Ben Seekins


Fairbanks District Court
Fourth Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Kristen C. Stohler

Kristen C. Stohler


Palmer Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Kirsten Swanson

Kirsten Swanson


Juneau District Court
First Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Thomas I. Temple

Thomas I. Temple


Fairbanks Superior Court
Fourth Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Shawn Traini

Shawn Traini


Palmer District Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

Photo of Judge Stephen Wallace

Stephen Wallace


Kodiak Superior Court
Third Judicial District

Judicial Council's Recommendation:

VOTE YES

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