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:
Why Antush thinks judges should be elected, rather than appointed, and why he welcomes the challenge from his opponent
Antush likes the reforms the municipal court has been making.
Why Antush likes being a judge
Antush has overseen the municipal court's DUI docket since January.
Judge Gloria Ochoa-Bruck
Why Ochoa-Bruck is running for judge and the value she brings to the bench
Ochoa-Bruck on the similarities and differences between municipal and tribal court
Why Ochoa-Bruck thinks judges should be elected and how they should evaluate judicial candidates
Ochoa-Bruck shares a success story as a tribal court judge.