Two politically connected Republicans — Deputy District Attorney Chad Louie and Brandon Martin, the chief of staff for County Supervisor David Couch — are running for the open District 10 seat on the Kern County bench.
Louie, 43, is a fourth-generation Bakersfield native who has been with the District Attorney's office for 12 years.
"My proudest professional moments are the daily effort to win justice for the many victims of crime I have fought for in the courtroom," Louie said in response to a Californian questionnaire.
"I have spent my career working to provide our families with safer streets and neighborhoods."
Louie has taught courses in criminal justice, ethics and business law for both undergraduate and graduate programs. And he said he has gained judicial experience by serving as a county planning commissioner.
Among those he's received endorsements from are state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, former Assemblywoman Shannon Grove and Superior Court judges Judith Dulcich, Colette Humphrey, Robert Tafoya and Tiffany Organ-Bowles.
Martin, 40, is a Bakersfield native who works as a law professor and civil litigator as well as Couch's chief of staff.
The clients he's represented include the Getty Museum, Dreamworks Animation and Tejon Ranch, as well as real estate development companies and seriously injured people, according to his campaign website. He has practiced insurance defense, personal injury, real estate and land use law.
“I led a litigation team in representing a seriously injured plaintiff, and our efforts resulted in the largest personal injury settlement in the history of Sutter County," Martin said in response to a Californian questionnaire. "I've represented clients in some of the largest real estate entitlements in the United States."
Martin is the son of influential local attorney George Martin, the architect of the Bakersfield Business Conference.
His endorsements include former sheriffs Carl Sparks and Mack Wimbish, the Kern County Law Enforcement Association, former Congressman Bill Thomas and former Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall.