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Spokane judge could be unseated by a candidate for the first time in a quarter century

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JudgeRandy Brandt and Challenge Aimee Maurer JudgeRandy Brandt and Challenge Aimee Maurer
SPOKANE, Wash. - While election day has come and gone, a few races are still too close to call. But as election workers continue to count ballots, the gap between candidates running for District Court Judge Position 7 is starting to widen.

As of Thursday night the incumbent, Judge Randy Brandt has 48.11% of the vote. His challenger, Aimee Maurer is pulling ahead with 51.41% of the vote. Maurer is now in the lead by more than 3,000 votes. Earlier on Thursday, she led by just under 2,000.

If Maurer wins the election, Brandt would be the first incumbent judge to be unseated in Spokane County since the year 1990. This race largely comes down to experience versus change. Brandt's campaign has stressed his career in law and as a judge, whereas Maurer points to the community's desire for change. If elected, she says she'll make improvements to give the people a more efficient government.

"Voters are concerned about the status of district court," Maurer said, "and they're invested in local government and they want to see a change." Maurer says she hopes to bring the people what they want; swift and certain sanctions for offenders, done with compassion. Along with changes to make the community feel safer as a whole.

Brandt however, argues that first, a judge must be prepared. "There's an environment of 'we need a change and i'm the person that can do it.'" Brandt explained, "Even if that person doesn't have any experience to make the changes that they suggest. It's not just here, it's very common."

According to the Spokane County Auditor's website, we can expect another update on the race on Friday. The election results will be certified on November 25th.


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