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As noted in this paper and other media, it appears that there may be a trend toward the increased politicization of probate judge races. Probate judges are the only judges I know of who are elected in our system. While the idea of donating money to judges or their party’s campaign committee may be foreign to us, it is common in states where all judges are required to seek election to obtain or retain office. This has led to cases where the fairness and impartiality of certain judges has been called into question when there appears to be congruence between political donations and favorable court decisions.

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