Electing a judge for the Santa Clara County Superior Court is usually more about comfort level than name recognition. To put it bluntly: People prefer female judges. That might be why an unknown attorney named Alex Cerul listed his first name as Alexis on the ballot for the June 5 primary. Cerul, a staff attorney for the county, faces the battle-tested Paul Colin out of the District Attorney’s office. With more than 35 judges endorsing Colin in the race, one would think the deputy DA is a shoo-in to replace the retiring Jerome Brock on the bench (he got Brock’s endorsement). But insiders think Cerul has a shot based on “The Ritchie Effect,” named after the shocking 2008 upset scored by Superior Court judge Diane Ritchie. In 2008, prosecutors Jay Boyarsky, Lane Liroff and Tim Pitsker all fell in the runoff to Ritchie, who was (un)known for representing disgruntled Taco Bell employees. (Liroff came in second but again lost to Ritchie in the following election.) But another judgeship race worth watching—even though we know you won’t—that actually features a real woman is the fight to replace the crusty yet well-respected Neal Cabrinha, who is also retiring. Even though Cynthia Sevely‘s stock has fallen since her beloved former boss Dolores Carr got the boot as DA, she is the de facto frontrunner for now—all despite her rep for being a pessimistic misanthrope. Family (law) guy Steven Pogue will see what he can do to snag some of Sevely’s votes, while Bob Camors is making another run for a seat after having his hat handed to him by Julia Alloggiamento in 2010. Camors has expertise in high tech after working in Palo Alto for years, but this time the Vietnam vet might want to resist wrapping his resume in an American flag to persuade voters. That red, white and blue shtick may work for politicians, but the only colors judges should be known for are black and white.