Peter J. Mirich
The 1988 Catalina judgeship election set a state record for the number of filers for a judicial contest. Drawing 19 candidates, Islanders were perplexed with all of the campaign literature. In an age when in excess of a quarter of a million dollars can be expended on a judicial election, Judge Mirich refused contributions and simply campaigned door-to-door. Only on Catalina Island! Judge Mirich is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA. He graduated first in academic rank in the Department of Public Service/Urban and Community Development and was a high school chemistry teacher before he attended Loyola Law School. As a former Los Angeles County Lifeguard, he enjoys long-distance open water swimming and has had made several cross-channel crossings to Catalina Island on his 16-foot paddleboard.