SAN DIEGO – In the only contested judicial race in San Diego County, Deputy District Attorney Matt Brower resoundingly defeated incumbent Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep, Tuesday.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Brower had 59 percent of the vote compared to 41 percent for Kreep.
“San Diegans want judges who will follow the law and who are ethical,” said Brower an hour after the vote-count began. “They don’t want judges who are biased and unprofessional.”
Kreep did not respond when asked to comment on the early election returns, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Brower was backed largely by Democratic political groups and labor unions, including most of the county’s police officer associations. Kreep was supported by Republican and conservative organizations.
Brower has been a county prosecutor since 2012, handling fraud and theft cases. He has also served as a Marine Corps judge advocate for eight years on active duty and now as a reservist lieutenant colonel assigned to the European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.
Kreep first won election to the bench in 2012 with a controversial background as attorney for a “birther” lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s Hawaiian birthplace.