Experience triumphed over a fresh face in the race for Oregon Court of Appeals Position 10, as incumbent Rex Armstrong held a commanding lead over challenger Kyle Krohn in Tuesday’s election.
“At the end of the day, I’ll be grateful to get back on the bench and continue doing what I’ve been doing,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong, 68, has served on the Oregon Court of Appeals for the last 24 years. Before his experience as a judge, Armstrong worked as an intern in U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield’s Washington office in the early 1970s. He practiced law in Portland from 1978, with an emphasis on civil litigation and appeals. Armstrong was elected in November 1994, and will be entering his fifth term on the bench.
In an interview with The Bulletin in April, Armstrong pointed to his extensive experience, which includes learning to work with other members of the court, as his most important attribute.
Krohn, 34, has worked as a deputy public defender for the state of Oregon for six years. His campaign focused on transparency, as he noted that the court of appeals has a longstanding tradition of not providing written opinions for the cases it rules on.
Armstrong cited a study from the National Center for State Courts, which concluded that the Oregon Court of Appeals lacks the capacity to issue opinions on every decision, and issues public decisions at a higher rate than comparable courts.
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