Deputy Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Medema ranked highest among the four candidates seeking to take the place of retiring Fourth District Judge Mike Wetherell, according to a survey of Idaho attorneys conducted by the Idaho State Bar.
At the same time, incumbent Judge Richard Greenwood topped challenger state Sen. Les Bock in the other contested Fourth District race.
Medema received an overall average of 3.4 on a four-point scale (from low to high) on the four criteria the candidates were rated on. They were integrity and independence, knowledge and understanding of the law, judicial temperament and demeanor and legal ability and experience.
Samuel Hoagland finished second at 3.12, followed by Jeanne Howe at 2.01 and Rebecca Arnold at 1.88.
Medema received the top marks for each of the criteria: 3.46 for integrity and independence; 3,39 for knowledge and understanding of the law; 3.45 for judicial temperament and demeanor; and 3.31 for legal ability and experience.
Hoagland's marks were 3.13, 3,07, 3.17 and 3.11. Howe received 2.21, 1.98, 2.02 and 1.83. Arnold was rated at 1.99, 1.86, 1.79 and 1.89.
Eighty percent of the 254 responses (204) came from attorneys in the Fourth Judicial District. The others were spread out among the remaining six districts around the state.
Greenwood received an overall rating of 3.29, compared to 2.77 for Bock.
Greenwood's marks were 3.39, 3.24, 3.21 and 3.3. Bock received 2.88, 2.7, 2.9 and 2.6.
A total of 230 attorneys responded in that race. Of those, 170 or 73.9 percent came from attorneys within the Fourth District.
The Fourth District is made up of courts in Ada, Boise, Elmore and Boise counties.