Editor's View: Joe Hoffman is running for judge seat in El Dorado County

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Joe Hoffman, local barrister, is seeking the gavel of an El Dorado County Superior Court judgeship. Already a “judge pro tem,” Hoffman threw his proverbial hat in the ring last week. He’s seeking the seat for Office 7. Hoffman has 17 years of legal and judicial experience. “Today, the values and financial resources of our courts are constantly being pressed,” said Hoffman. “I will apply the law as it is written, respect citizens’ constitutional rights, and make fair and timely rulings to help ease our congested judicial system.” Hoffman, 42, has handled hundreds of cases in El Dorado County since founding his private law practice in 1995, according to a press release issued by his campaign office. He has also served as Judge Pro Tem for the El Dorado County Superior Court since 2001, and as a private judge who is retained by both parties’ attorneys for faster decisions than the courts typically provide. “Joseph Hoffman knows our courts and has the legal background to handle the wide variety of cases our judges face every day,” said David Becker, a partner at the Placerville law firm of Becker Runkle Laurie Mahoney & Day. “He has consistently exhibited the decisiveness and fairness we need in our public courts.” I ran into him at the Folsom Connections, a business expo put on by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce (see the photo inset). He maintains a law practice with his wife. Charity case The Rotary Club of Historic Folsom’s first International Culinary Cook-off (2-6 p.m., March 18, Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St.) will boast a silent auction with some impressive items. Would you like to have lunch with former Sacramento County Sheriff (and current radio show host)?John McGinness? Or how about lunch with Folsom Police Chief Cindy Renaud? According to Cindy Raley, the lovely lady heading up the silent auction, many were very generous with donations. “We have San Francisco 49er tickets and bus transport to andfrom,” she said. “We also have all three volumes of the cookbook Rob, Arnie and Dawn (98 Rock radio personalities), autographed wine from Oakland A’s Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers and a year of massages.” Other items include wine, original framed artwork and more. Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased at the Folsom Telegraph office at 921 Sutter St., Folsom, or online at Reach Telegraph Managing Editor Don Chaddock by e-mail at