Superior Court Judge candidate (No. 10) Chad Louie

Kern County Voter’s Guide

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Superior Court Judge candidate (No. 10) Chad Louie“What I have done for nearly 13 years is serve you, our community, in the ministration of criminal justice. I fight hard every day for victims of crime, I work every day to ensure safe streets and neighborhoods to raise our families,” said Kern County Deputy District Attorney Chad Louie.

“I want to continue that lengthy public service, which I started as a prosecutor, by demonstrating the same commitment to justice on the bench. I am running for Kern County Superior Court Judge because I care about our community — it’s what is in my heart.”

Louie was born and raised in Kern County, growing up in a blue-collar family. “None of my friends or neighbors had gone to college,” he recalled. He got a job as a plumber’s apprentice out of high school, taking classes at the community college as he was able.

“I found out I was good at math, so I went to Cal Poly Pomona to get an engineering degree,” said Louie. “But a lot of times in life, what you’re good at is not necessarily what you’re passionate about.”

So for four years he worked as an engineer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and drove to Los Angeles four nights a week to put himself through law school. “I came back to my home town of Bakersfield, worked briefly in civil practice, then went to work at the district attorney’s office.”

Louie said that as a prosecutor, he has tried cases for murder, home invasion, drug dealing, driving under the influence and everything in between.

“I believe it is very important that we have Superior Court judges who have the experience to do the job. At the end of the day, all we can ask is for a judge who is fair, unbiased, and committed to giving everyone their day in court. But I believe that’s an impossible task for someone who has never tried a case.”

Such is the case with his opponent, he said, who has handled only four cases in his career and tried none of them. “I’m in court three days a week, and I handle twice that number on any given day before lunch.”

Louie said that his career in the courtroom is a testament to his passion for justice and that he believes his experience is critical to his ability to serve on the bench. “This is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan position. It’s not a legislative seat where you run based on your political philosophy. It’s imperative that a judge have the experience and qualifications necessary.”

Louie is endorsed by Kern County elected leaders, including state Sen. Jean Fuller, former Assemblywoman Shannon Grove and Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason. “I’m not running on my endorsements, but I’m proud to have 15 past presidents of the Bar Association supporting me.”

Louie said that one of his goals as a judge is to increase efficiency within the court system. “I have handled a lot of cases where the time and resources of many people are being wasted. You hear people complain about how bogged down the system is,” he said.

“If you look at that in terms of the time and expense to everyone involved, it’s huge. And I believe we can improve on that. As a judge, I want to set up a culture where the attorneys know my expectation is that they are prepared and ready to go on time. I will work to build a calendar that allows things to move on in a timely and orderly fashion. Ultimately, we are not just saving everyone time and money, we are allowing ourselves the capacity to hear more cases.”

He acknowledged that stewards of criminal justice have been hampered by some of the state initiatives in the last decade that have resulted in wide release of convicted criminals, reduced sentencing guidelines and the elimination of multiple classes of felonies.

“As a judicial candidate, I am prohibited from commenting on a case or controversy that might come before me. But I think actions speak louder than words, and if people look at my 13 years representing our community in the courtroom, you can see that I have fought to support our law enforcement and protect our victims. That will continue as a judge,” said Louie.

“If you look at my personal story, you will see what kind of judge I will be. I met my wife in high school, we dated, got married in a church wedding and decided to have a family. I am committed to family values, I am passionate about justice, and I will continue to work diligently and consistently to protect these things.”

Story First Published: 2018-05-18