PROPOSED AMENDMENTS - CANON 5B(2), CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT
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B. Candidates Seeking Appointment to Judicial or Other Governmental Office.
(1) A candidate* for appointment to judicial office or a judge seeking non-judicial governmental office shall not solicit or accept funds, personally or through a committee or otherwise, to support his or her candidacy.
(2) A candidate* for appointment to judicial office or a judge seeking non-judicial governmental office shall not engage in any political activity to secure the appointment except that such persons may:
(a) communicate with the appointing authority, including any selection or nominating commission or other agency designated to screen candidates;
(b) seek support or endorsement for the appointment from organizations that regularly make recommendations for reappointment or appointment to the office, and from individuals to the extent requested or required by those specified in Section 5B(2)(a); and
(c) provide to those specified in Sections 5B(2)(a) and 5B(2)(b) information as to the person's qualifications for the office.; and
(d) contact lawyers and others for expressions of support to be submitted to the appointing authority identified in Section 5B(2)(a) and may distribute personal and professional information in the form of resumes that describe the person's qualifications for office.
Section 5B(2) provides a limited exception to the restrictions imposed by Sections 5A(1) and 5D. Under Section 5B(2), candidates seeking reappointment to the same judicial office or appointment to another judicial office or other governmental office may apply for the appointment and seek appropriate support.
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