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Recommendation for Upcoming Judical Election

By Judge Joe Brannigan

At this time of year, many complain about the lack of information pertaining to candidates for judge. This is not surprising, since information is hard to come by. Because of the difficulty in running in countywide Superior Court elections, even the best candidates must often rely on word of mouth, a network of friends and inexpensive grassroots efforts to compete.

Office #36

Since my election to the Superior Court in 2004, I have had the high honor and privilege of serving the citizens of San Diego County. After serving almost 18 years, I have decided to retire, creating an open seat. Of the three candidates running to replace me in Office #36, I highly recommend support for Peter Murray, and I ask that you assist in a “network effort” with your friends and email lists, by forwarding this message as you see fit. 

I have known Peter Murray for over twenty years and know that he will make a great judge. Here are some details:

Pete is an exceptionally-experienced trial lawyer having served 20+ years as a criminal trial prosecutor as well as 10+ years as a private practitioner in both the state and federal courts. For the last 10+ years he has been a Deputy Attorney General prosecuting crimes against seniors and healthcare fraud – handling cases from investigation through trial as well as appeal. He is a former Deputy District Attorney having prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, from Murder, Sexual Assaults and Drug Trafficking to Theft and DUI. Pete has tried over 75 cases to jury verdict.

In between his two positions as a public prosecutor, Pete started and ran his own private law practice where, amongst a broad array of work, he represented small businesses, families and individuals, including law enforcement and other first responders. A Duke Law graduate, Pete started his legal career in a major international law firm.Pete has now returned to private practice as the Chief Trial Counsel for a San Diego law firm where he is engaged in groundbreaking approaches in the “civil prosecution” of Elder Abuse matters which have skyrocketed during COVID-19.

Pete is a proud Veteran having served as a United States Naval Aviator and deployed with the USS Midway battlegroup.


Pete has the endorsement of a broad section of the community, including former Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer, Public Defender Randy Mize, former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, and numerous sitting judges, including myself. Pete’s list of overall endorsements speaks for itself.

The San Diego County Bar Association rated Pete as “Well Qualified”, the only candidate in his race to receive that high of a rating. 

For more detailed information please visit Pete’s web site: as well as:

Office #35

The judge in Office #35 has resigned to become a Federal Judge, creating another open seat. Of the three candidates running for Office #35, I highly recommend support for Michael Murphy. 

Here are some details:

Mike, a native San Diegan and St. Augustine High School and SDSU graduate, has spent his entire 25 year legal career with the California Department of Justice, as a Deputy Attorney General here in San Diego.

As a DAG, Mike has prosecuted violent criminals in Superior Court and defended convictions in the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. His experience handling cases at all levels of California Courts has given him the knowledge and skills to be an effective Superior Court Judge.

Protecting Public Safety and Constitutional Rights for Over 25 Years

Mike also has the endorsement of a broad section of the community, including Sheriff Bill Gore (Retired), El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, and numerous sitting judges, including myself.  

The San Diego County Bar Association rated Mike as “Qualified” to be the next Superior Court Judge in Office #35. 

For more detailed information please visit Mike’s web site:

Thanks for your consideration. Please vote for Peter Murray and Michael Murphy, and please forward this message to a few friends.


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