Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Higley: Don Anderson’s comparison chart – fact or fiction?

Candidate for Superior Court judge, Don Anderson, has put out one more version of his comparison chart where he attempts to rate his skills for judge against those of his opponent Shanda Harry.

It’s hard to keep up – the numbers and rating categories vary wildly with each new iteration.

Prior to the summer, for example, Mr. Anderson stated that he had done 1,500 trials but two months later, that number had grown to 1,800.

Just last week, he changed Ms. Harry’s Lake County residency from a previous 15 years, to 12 years, and back to 15 years again … all within a few days.

In numerous public debates, the accuracy of the ratings was refuted in discussions by both Ms. Harry and the third primary candidate, Andre Ross, while Mr. Anderson was sitting there. Obviously, Mr. Anderson failed to listen.

If voters take the chart at face value, Mr. Anderson seems to make a compelling case – but then they ask themselves, why would 200-plus individuals and organizations, including Sheriff Brian Martin and Supervisor Tina Scott, have endorsed Ms. Harry if she is as inexperienced as Mr. Anderson portrays. Then they realize that clearly this is a very deceptive marketing ploy and must be rejected.

As for Ms. Harry, she is to be applauded for running such a clean and honest campaign. To find out the true facts of her background, strengths and experience, please visit her website at

Natalie Higley lives in Lakeport, Calif.

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