Dwight Moore, who has a quarter century in the San Bernardino County district attorney's office, said recently that judicial races rarely shape up like the three on Tuesday's ballot.

"A lot of lawyers would like to become judges," said Moore, a supervising deputy district attorney. "If an attorney is ambitious, it's politics or the bench."

But the three races that will go before voters include two attorneys challenging sitting judges and three attorneys competing for an open seat. Winners will serve six-year terms and earn about $140,000 a year.

All seven candidates, in prepared campaign statements, say they are tough on crime and apply the law fairly. They also mention their families and list their law schools and community activities.

Six of the seven hopefuls paid the required $19,300 to get candidate statements into guides mailed to voters by the county supervisor of elections.

The one who did not, attorney Marjorie Musser Mikels, said in a prepared campaign statement that paying that amount would have caused her to take donations, something she does not do.

None of the seven candidates lists any public disciplinary problems, according to the State Bar of California and Commission on Judicial Performance Web sites.

Malone, 48, a prosecutor for 12 years, has numerous endorsements from elected officials, law enforcement and community leaders. He lists two awards from San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Roberts, 59, has specialized in fraud prosecutions during his 18 years with the district attorney's office. He carries many endorsements -- including one from Fettel, the judge he wants to replace.

Mikels has specialized in probate, property and constitutional law during her 25 years as an attorney. She is listed as a "constitutional rights advocate" on the ballot. Her campaign statement lists no endorsements.

Caldwell, 51, lists 23 years as an attorney, including 15 with the district attorney's office. She lists numerous endorsements from law enforcement and community leaders as well as her peers from the San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorneys Association.

Barr, 55, was a prosecutor for a decade before first being elected in 1994. He was re-elected in 2000. He also has endorsements, including one from Caldwell's boss, District Attorney Michael Ramos.

Conaway, 53, spent 10 years in the insurance industry before graduating from law school in 1984. He has worked as a settlement mediator for the county courts in addition to working with individuals and businesses in the criminal and civil courts.

Gov. Schwarzenegger appointed Ferguson, 43, to the bench in February 2005. He lists numerous endorsements from law enforcement, county judges and elected officials.

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