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DECISION 2014: Race for Spokane District Court Judge very close

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Challenger Aimee Maurer (Left) is looking to unseat Judge Randy Brandt (Right) in the 2014 mid-term elections Challenger Aimee Maurer (Left) is looking to unseat Judge Randy Brandt (Right) in the 2014 mid-term elections
SPOKANE, Wash. - It has been nearly 25 years since an incumbent judge has been unseated from their position while seeking re-election, but if the current ballot count trend continues, that's exactly what will happen to Judge Randy Brandt. 


At the time of this publishing, challenger Aimee Maurer holds an 1800 vote lead over incumbent Randy Brandt in the race for District Court Judge Position 7, with about 42,000 ballots still left to count. Should Brandt not find the votes in those remaining ballots to overtake Maurer's lead, he will become the first Spokane County judge to lose a re-election since Judge John Nollette in 1990. Brandt was appointed to the position in 2011, but elected to it in 2012 when he ran unopposed. 


Maurer currently is a Spokane attorney, and Brandt based much of his campaign focusing on Maurer's lack of experience as a judge. 


Brandt told The Spokesman Review he is "cautiously optimistic" that he'll pull out a win, whereas Maurer told the paper, "We're positive and hopeful that the trend will continue."


The next ballot count results are expected Thursday night. 



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