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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 151

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Patrick Hare

Deputy Public Defender, County of Los Angeles
1,103,644 votes (59.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Restorative Justice for victims as well as defendants.
  • Equal access, equal protection and equal justice without regard to race, class or gender.
  • A focus on treatment over incarceration for non-violent offenders.



Profession:Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender
Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County (1990–current)
Deputy Public Defender, Orange County Public Defender's Office (1989–1990)


Fuller Theological Seminary Masters, Systemic Justice, Ethics (2013)
Boston University School of Law Juris Doctor, Public Interest Law (1989)
California State University, Long Beach B.A., magna cum laude, Philosophy, Music (1986)

Community Activities

Volunteer, The Refuge - a homeless shelter (2013–current)
Producer, Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Program (2003–2013)
Founder, Co-Director, Hollywood Mass Choir, a multicultural community choir dedicated to the work of racial reconciliation (2003–2013)
Board of Directors, Tutoring Program Director, Hollywood Urban Project (1997–2003)


I am running for Judge because justice in Inglewood shouldn’t look different than justice in Brentwood.

As a public defender for over thirty years, I have too often seen people with means treated differently

than the poor and those from marginalized communities. I will treat all parties equally, regardless of

race, class, gender, identity or orientation.

We need justice that restores our community to wholeness – treating victims of crime with compassion,

empathy, and fairness, as well as those accused of crimes. I will uphold public safety by holding people

accountable for their actions, while addressing the root causes of criminality, with a focus on treatment

over incarceration in appropriate cases.

I have been rated “Well Qualified” by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. I’ve been endorsed by

the LA Times, the LA County Democratic Party, the Mexican American Bar Association, and Labor

Unions. I have the support of the people that work in the courts every day, including more than 50

Superior Court Judges, prosecutors, court clerks, court reporters and court interpreters.

I am seeking election as a judge because I believe we can have justice reform, equal treatment under

the law, and public safety. Justice Matters.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • LA Times
  • LA County Democratic Party
  • Over 40 Current and Retired LA County Judges

Organizations (29)

  • Los Angeles Sentinel
  • Americans for Democratic Action, Southern California
  • CFI 39000 - California Federation of Interpreters
  • Local 148, Public Defenders Union
  • Laborers Local 300
  • SEIU Local 721
  • San Pedro Democratic Club
  • West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club
  • Acton/Agua Dulce Democrat Club
  • Foothills Community Democrats
  • Santa Monica Democratic Club
  • Glendale Democratic Club
  • Canada Crescenta Democratic Club
  • North Valley Democratic Club
  • New Frontiers Democratic Club
  • MABA (Mexican American Bar Association)
  • Metropolitan News Enterprise
  • Avance Democratic Club
  • Culver City Democratic Club
  • West LA Democratic Club
  • California Latino Judges Association (CLJA)
  • Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
  • LA Defensa
  • Stonewall Democrats
  • East Area Progressive Democrats
  • Long Beach Democratic Club
  • Silver Echo Feliz Democratic Club
  • Democrats for Neighborhood Action

Elected Officials (13)

  • Brenda Galvan (Deputy AG)
  • Assemblymember Mike Fong
  • Supervisor Kathryn Barger
  • Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
  • Paul Koretz
  • Joe Ntuk, President Long Beach City College Board of Trustees
  • Assmeblymember Miguel Santiago
  • Curren D. Price, Jr., Los Angeles City Council Member, 9th District
  • James Butts, Mayor of Inglewood
  • CA State Senator Bob Hertzberg
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • Hon. Maxine Waters

Individuals (3)

  • Mia Yamamoto, Past President of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
  • Luis Rodriguez, Past President California State Bar
  • Dr. K.W. Tulloss, President, Baptist Minister's Conference

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los angeles County (1)

What do you perceive as the greatest obstacles to justice, if any?
Answer from Patrick Hare:

Unequal power dynamics, such as class, gender, and race, play an unacceptable role in who has access to the courts, to effective representation, and to fair and equitable results.

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