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The best choice for judge

My duties as San Diego’s top law enforcement officer require me to make the best decisions for public safety.  Judges regularly make public safety decisions too — not on the street but in their courtrooms. Judges are guardians of our Constitution and our liberties. Accordingly, we expect them to rise above ideology and politics and to be fair-minded. Above all, they should act ethically and with integrity at all times.

Character and experience set judicial candidate Brad Weinreb apart from his opponent, Ken Gosselin, in the upcoming election — the only Superior Court judicial race on the ballot.

Both UT-San Diego and City Beat newspapers agree and have endorsed him. The San Diego County Bar Association rated Mr. Weinreb “Qualified” based on character traits necessary for judicial candidates — fairness, integrity, and temperament. His opponent was found to be “Lacking Qualifications” based upon the same criteria.

Mr. Gosselin was required to change his ballot statement and to remove what he said about his own background and experience because it was misleading. Today, there is a State Bar ethics investigation against him based on his campaign activities.

It is not surprising then that over 100 Superior Court Judges endorse Mr. Weinreb to be their colleague on the bench.

A veteran prosecutor, Brad Weinreb has spent almost 25 years making sure dangerous criminals remain off our streets.

His work in the courtroom has resulted in decisions that protect the public from sexually violent predators and helps law enforcement track registered sex offenders.

He won the first California case to uphold a sexual molest victim’s right to have a courthouse dog accompany her to the witness stand. Not surprisingly, crime victims’ groups support Brad for judge.

Brad is supported by community leaders and organizations, legal associations, law enforcement, and fellow elected law enforcement leaders District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. Brad also serves on the Board of the Richard Dreyfuss Civics Initiative to engage children in the study of Civics and the San Diego Animal Support Foundation.

Voters face a number of tough decisions on their ballots. This is not one.

The choice is clear.

I urge you to vote for integrity and experience and public safety. Vote for Brad Weinreb for Superior Court Judge.

William “Bill” Gore is the San Diego County Sheriff