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Tim Covello endorsed for Superior Court Judge seat by 26 current and former judges

January 29, 2018
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Tim Covello endorsed for Superior Court Judge seat by 26 current and former judges

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Retiring San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Barry T. LaBarbera, plus 11 of 12 other judges on the bench, have endorsed Tim Covello for the open Superior Court judge’s seat.

They join Court of Appeals Justice Martin J. Tangeman and eight retired judges in endorsing Covello, who currently presides as Commissioner for the Superior Court.

In addition, five Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judges have endorsed Covello, who served as one of that county’s two chief deputy district attorneys before his appointment as Commissioner of the SLO County Superior Court.

Covello is running to replace Judge LaBarbera, who told the San Luis Obispo Tribune:

“He was the best prosecutor that I ever worked with. He’s about as good a prosecutor as I’ve ever seen. … He’s clearly the most qualified candidate.”

Superior Court Judge Rita Federman told the Tribune: “He has the confidence of the bench.”

Covello currently serves as Commissioner for the Superior Court.  He’s presided over civil small claims, traffic, family treatment court, juvenile truancy and infractions, juvenile drug court, misdemeanor criminal matters and mentally disordered offender trials.

Prior to joining the court as Commissioner, he served 23 years as a prosecutor, Chief Deputy and Assistant Deputy District Attorney in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Offices.

“I’ve spent the last 25 years trying to bring justice to the folks of this county,” Covello said. “This work is my life’s work, and I look forward to joining these distinguished jurists who’ve placed their trust in me.”

See the list of judicial endorsements below.  Voting by mail begins May 7 for the June 5 primary election.

You can learn more about Tim Covello and his campaign by visiting


Tim Covello for Superior Court Judge 2018
FPPC ID #1401192
P.O. Box 13543, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-13543


Judicial Endorsements for Tim Covello for Superior Court Judge

  1. Martin J. Tangeman, Court of Appeals
  2. Elizabeth A. Baron, Court of Appeals (Ret.)
  3. Barry T. LaBarbera
  4. Dodie A. Harman
  5. Ginger E. Garrett
  6. Charles S. Crandall
  7. Linda D. Hurst
  8. Jacqueline H. Duffy
  9. Rita C. Federman
  10. Gayle L. Peron
  11. Craig B. Van Rooyen
  12. Tana L. Coates
  13. Jesse J. Marino
  14. Hernaldo J. Baltodano
  15. Donald G. Umhofer (Ret.)
  16. Michael L. Duffy (Ret.)
  17. Teresa Estrada-Mullaney (Ret.)
  18. Roger T. Piquet (Ret.)
  19. John A. Trice (Ret.)
  20. Jac A. Crawford (Ret.)
  21. Hugh F. Mullin III (Ret.)
  22. Commissioner Sid B. Findley (Ret.)
  23. Commissioner Patrick J. Perry (Ret.)
  24. Patricia L. Kelly (Santa Barbara County)
  25. John F. McGregor (Santa Barbara County)
  26. Rogelio R. Flores (Santa Barbara County)
  27. Gustavo E. Lavayen (Santa Barbara County)
  28. James F. Iwasko (Santa Barbara County, Ret.)
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