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5 minutes with Spokane judicial court candidates Antush, Ochoa Bruck

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The two candidates running for a Spokane Municipal Court judicial seat are: Matthew Antush, the current judge, and Gloria Ochoa-Bruck, who has been a Kalispel tribal court judge since June.

Antush was appointed to the bench in March 2018 by former Mayor David Condon to fill a vacant seat. Before that he was a public defender in Spokane city and county for 25 years.

Ochoa-Bruck has also served as chief judge of the Spokane tribal court. She has been a deputy prosecutor in Benton County and worked as a public defender and in private practice (14 years) as a criminal defense attorney in a variety of jurisdictions. She also worked for Condon on criminal justice reform issues. 

Audio excerpts from the candidates:

Judge Matthew Antush:

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Why Antush thinks judges should be elected, rather than appointed, and why he welcomes the challenge from his opponent

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Antush likes the reforms the municipal court has been making.

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Why Antush likes being a judge

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Antush has overseen the municipal court's DUI docket since January.

Judge Gloria Ochoa-Bruck

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Why Ochoa-Bruck is running for judge and the value she brings to the bench
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Ochoa-Bruck on the similarities and differences between municipal and tribal court

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Why Ochoa-Bruck thinks judges should be elected and how they should evaluate judicial candidates

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Ochoa-Bruck shares a success story as a tribal court judge.