Idaho attorneys rate Brody over McKenzie in Supreme Court race

Robyn Brody (left) and Curt McKenzie at an Idaho Public Television debate this spring.
Robyn Brody (left) and Curt McKenzie at an Idaho Public Television debate this spring. Associated Press file

In an Idaho State Bar survey, members gave Idaho Supreme Court candidate Robyn Brody high marks — an average 3.65 on a scale of 1 to 4 — but dinged opponent Curt McKenzie on his integrity, temperament and legal experience.

McKenzie and Brody are competing for a vacant seat on the court left by Justice Jim Jones, who chose not to seek re-election.

McKenzie is an attorney and Republican state lawmaker in his 7th term, who is leaving that office to pursue this judicial seat.

Brody is a Rupert attorney in private practice.

Nearly 4,050 Idaho attorneys and judges received surveys; 440 of them responded. The State Bar asks members to only rate a candidate if they have personal or professional experience with them.

Most responses — 60 percent — came from the 4th Judicial District, which includes Ada County, where McKenzie has his law office.

Bar members gave Brody average scores of 3.63 to 3.7 on four categories, also including knowledge of the law.

McKenzie got his best rating — a 2 — in that category. He received between 1.72 and 1.87 for average scores in the other three areas.

Click here to read the full survey results.

Their overall scores are fairly similar to how bar members ranked them in a similar survey this spring.

The State Bar does not endorse candidates, and says it offers no interpretation or opinion about the survey results. It started offering the survey in contested judicial races in 2006.

Brody and McKenzie received the most votes in this spring’s four-way race for the seat, the first time a Supreme Court race had attracted that many candidates since 1998. As the top two vote-getters, they advanced to a runoff election on the November ballot — the last time that happened was also 1998.

Read more about the candidates in our voter guide here.

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