Judges are appointed often through the political process.
Nobody wants a judge to be subject to the political whim of the moment.
We are selected, but I grew up in California and in San Francisco and there was a system of electing judges.
But once the person is selected, at that point that person is independent.
At least there's a political input, but when you put on the robe, at that point the politics is over.
Well, just that there would be somebody in the office and the voters - it was more or less an understanding in the entire community, as long as that person was doing a good job on the merits, nobody was going to run against him.