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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

San Diego County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 37

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Matt Brower

Deputy District Attorney, County of San Diego
149,704 votes (22.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Oversee a courtroom without bias and treat all people with professionalism, dignity, and respect.
  • Never risk public safety, though at the same time work to address underlying causes of substance abuse, recognizing the need for public and mental health options to combat recidivism.
  • Work with collaborative courts such as Veterans, Drug, and Homeless Courts for low level applicable cases to work with stake holders at the DA, Public Defender, and mental health professionals to address underlying cause of substance abuse.



University of San Diego School of Law Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude, Law (2003)
San Jose State University Bachelors of Arts, History and French (2001)

Community Activities

Member, San Diego County Bar Association (2012–current)
Member, San Diego Deputy District Attorneys Association (2013–current)
Member, Democrats for Environmental Action (2017–current)
Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars (2017–current)
Member, American Legion (2017–current)


JAG to Judge!


As a Prosecutor (Deputy District Attorney), I fight daily in court for crime victims and to prioritize public safety.  The San Diego Deputy Sheriffs Association and numerous police associations have endorsed me.  I am proud to be law enforcement’s choice.


As a 16-year Marine (now reservist) I continue to defend my country just as when I deployed with infantry battalions to Iraq and Afghanistan.  I proudly share veterans’ values of honor, courage, and commitment.  My extensive experience presiding over scores of preliminary hearings from the bench in military court along with my duties as a Prosecutor demonstrate my qualifications. 


Our courts are crucial to addressing the public health crisis of substance abuse plaguing our communities.  I support and have seen successful outcomes from Homeless, Drug, and Veterans Court programs that address underlying causes of crime to combat recidivism.  I was very proud to have been endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party in this race. 


An honors graduate from USD Law School I will uphold the highest ethical standards San Diegans demand from their judges.  On the bench, as in life, I firmly believe in professionalism, ethical conduct, and fair and equitable treatment for all. 


I am married with two children in the public school system, and my family lives in the City of San Diego.  I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going to the beach, and going out and speaking to people about the law and our criminal justice system.


I would be honored to receive your vote.  

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Judge David Brown, California Superior Court
  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • San Diego County Deputy Sheriff's Association

Organizations (5)

  • San Diego County Deputy District Attorneys Association
  • San Diego Police Officers Association
  • Poway Firefighters Association, Local 3922
  • Service Employees International Union, Local 221
  • San Diego County Democratic Veterans Club

Elected Officials (5)

  • Toni Atkins, California State Senator, President Pro Tem
  • Dr. Shirley Weber, California State Assembly Member
  • Dan McAllister, County of San Diego Treasurer-Tax Collector
  • Dianne Jacob, Chairwoman, San Diego County Board of Supervisors
  • Samantha Begovich, Board Member & Secretary, San Diego Employees Retirement Association

Individuals (5)

  • Judge Linda Quinn, California Superior Court (Ret.)
  • Judge Herbert B. Hoffman, California Superior Court (Ret.)
  • Judge Ronald Prager, California Superior Court (Ret.)
  • Judge Richard Cline, California Superior Court (Ret.)
  • Commissioner Donald Armento, California Superior Court (Ret.)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My philosophy on the bench would be to follow the law, listen to countervailing arguments of both parties with an open mind, and strive always to do justice consistent with the law.  I am focused on justice and maintaining public safety.  I take the mindset that as a responsible public servant every neighborhood is my neighborhood.  I am running on a platform of treating all people with professionalism, dignity, and respect, and I pledge to do the same.

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