Ann Ravel and Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell issued the following statements:
“There’s never been a more critical time to honor and protect the impartiality of our judiciary. When we invite politics into the courtroom, it doesn’t make women safer or more secure. It makes us all subject to tyrants like our current president.
I believe strongly in equity and fairness, and have been an advocate for women and our rights in this country. I spoke before the Supreme Court on a team defending women’s equity in the workplace – we won. I’ve been an advocate and mentor to women in my workplaces at the county, state and national level. And just this past week, I took on one of our tech giants to hold them accountable for equity in their workplace – and I won. Playing politics with our judiciary doesn’t solve anything. If anything, it undermines justice for the women who come after us. In Sacramento, I’ll make changes where they should be made: in our legislature.” -Ann Ravel
“Ann and I, along with the many women and men who opposed the recall of Judge Persky, did so because the recall campaign was a threat to judicial independence and impartiality. A judge’s lawful decision, no matter how controversial, must never be a basis for a recall. As the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wisely said, ‘Judicial independence in the United States strengthens ordered liberty, domestic tranquility, the rule of law, and democratic ideals. At least in our political culture, it has proved superior to any alternative form of discharging the judicial function that has ever been tried or conceived. It would be folly to squander this priceless constitutional gift to placate the clamors of benighted political partisans.’ I will vote for Ann Ravel and so, I believe, would RBG.” -Judge LaDoris Cordell