In the event that Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky is recalled on June 5, voters need to choose one of the two candidates running to replace him. If he is not recalled, then the election for his successor will not matter, so voters opposed to the recall should not withhold their vote from this race thinking that it would benefit Persky to do so.
Both candidates are experienced and respected attorneys and both have opted not to weigh in on the Persky recall or the Brock Turner case.
Cindy Hendrickson is a veteran Santa Clara County prosecutor and one of six assistant district attorneys serving as part of District Attorney Jeff Rosen's management team. She has been in the DA's Office for 23 years and over her career has overseen prosecutions out of the north county courthouse in Palo Alto and the department's Family Violence Unit. She is a 1990 graduate of UCLA School of Law and has an undergraduate degree from Stanford.
Angela Storey, who jumped into the race in late February, began her legal career handling insurance litigation for Farmers Insurance and then did construction and business litigation. Since 2013 she has been in private practice with her husband in San Jose, where she mostly handles civil cases. Storey graduated from Santa Clara University Law School in 2001 after receiving her undergraduate degree from UCLA.
Hendrickson's extensive experience in the criminal court system and her management experience make her the easy choice in this election.