Hosking WINS over Lemkau
SAN BERNARDINO • Spurred by public outcry against a controversial decision by Judge Robert Lemkau, challenger James Hosking took a commanding lead in the race for the 11th judicial seat.
Hosking won 66 percent of the vote, while Lemkau received 34 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
“I’ve run my whole campaign as though I was the underdog because he was the sitting judge,” Hosking said Tuesday night. “But I was confident all along.”
Judicial elections usually don’t get much attention, but this one’s different.
Lemkau upheld a preexisting custody agreement between Katie Tagle and Stephen Garcia in a January hearing even though Tagle warned him that Garcia was threatening to kill their 9-month-old son, Wyatt. Lemkau told Tagle, “My suspicion is that you’re lying.”
Just 10 days later Garcia, of Pinon Hills, drove to Twin Peaks, shot and killed Wyatt, then himself.
Hosking said the case fueled his decision to run for Lemkau’s seat. Hosking has been a prosecutor at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office for the past decade.
“It shows that the people in this county don’t want people like Lemkau as a judge,” Hosking said. “It really showed that I was trying to do something worthwhile and people supported me.”
Lemkau was appointed to the bench by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 after spending 34 years with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office.
Lemkau couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday night.
In the race for the 29th judicial seat, prosecutor Victor Stull took the lead with 57 percent of the vote, with family law attorney Ed Montgomery’s 43 percent.
“I’m not coming to any conclusions until the election is certified in two days,” Stull said. “But I’d rather be where I am at than where Mr. Montgomery is at right now. I hope it stays there.”
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