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Linder's record tips the scales

She has been Oregon solicitor general, Appeals Court judge

Oregon voters are fortunate to have two candidates for the state Supreme Court of the caliber of Virginia Linder and Jack Roberts.

Either would make a competent addition to Oregon's highest court. Linder's judicial experience, however, coupled with her long tenure as the state's top appellate lawyer, gives her the edge in our view.

Linder became an assistant attorney general in the appellate division of the state Department of Justice, handling civil, criminal, administrative and juvenile cases. Six years later, then Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer appointed her Oregon solicitor general, supervising a staff of 30 appellate attorneys.

In that capacity she prepared written arguments and delivered oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as appearing before the Oregon Supreme Court and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 1997, she was appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals. She was elected to her seat in 1998 and in 2004, running unopposed each time. She has written nearly 300 opinions for the court in her nine years on the bench, earning the respect of court observers for her well-reasoned opinions and judicial temperament. In a preference poll of Oregon State Bar members, 83 percent of those voting preferred Linder over Roberts.

In contrast to Linder's judicial career, Roberts offers political and governmental experience, something he says is now missing from the high court with the retirement of Justice Wallace Carson, a former state legislator. Roberts, a former Lane County commissioner who served two terms as state labor commissioner, also ran for governor as a Republican in 2002.

But he has no judicial experience, and that, for us, means Linder is the right choice.

We recommend Virginia Linder for Position 6 on the Oregon Supreme Court.

Exercise your rightsThe Nov. 7 general election is filled with competitive races and important ballot measures. All voters should be boning up now because ballots will begin showing up at week's end.

But you can't vote if you aren't registered &

8212; and today is the deadline to get that done. It's a simple process, but there's no fudging on the deadline. You can get a registration form at the Jackson County Web site, (click on "Voter Registration" in the left-hand column). You also can get registration forms at the state Driver and Motor Vehicles department and area post offices.

You do get one break: Postmarks count, so you can either hand deliver the registration form today to 1101 W. Main St., Medford or put it in the mail in time for it to be postmarked today.

All voters should also make sure to check out the voters' pamphlets (two this year) that detail the candidates and issues and include statements from candidates and ballot measure proponents and opponents. If you are already registered, you should receive the pamphlets in the mail this week.

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