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John H. Bradbury
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Court Information:
Idaho Second Judicial District
Title:   Former judge
Active:   2002-2011
Past position:   Attorney in private practice
Past position 2:   Special Assistant Attorney General, Washington
Personal History
Born:   8/7/1936
Hometown:   Orofino, ID
Undergraduate:   University of Idaho, 1958
Law School:   University of Michigan, 1961
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  2nd District Court
Position:  Brudie seat
State:  Idaho
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  5/20/2014
Primary vote:  43.4%DefeatedD

John H. Bradbury was a judge for the Second Judicial District in Idaho.[1] He was elected to the court in 2002.[2] Bradbury's term expired in 2011.[3] He ran for election to the court again in 2014, but was unsuccessful.

Bradbury was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 6 of the Idaho State Senate.



See also: Idaho judicial elections, 2014
Bradbury ran for election to the Second Judicial District.
Primary: He was defeated in the primary on May 20, 2014, receiving 43.4 percent of the vote. He competed against incumbent Jeff Brudie.[4][5]


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Bradbury ran in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 6. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 15 and was defeated by incumbent Dan Johnson (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Idaho State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Johnson Incumbent 55.4% 10,168
     Democratic John Bradbury 44.6% 8,197
Total Votes 18,365


2012 campaign themes

Bradbury's website highlights the following campaign themes:[8]

  • "Create jobs for Idahoans and funding for adequate municipal and county services."
  • "Idaho should be leading the way in education. Let’s keep public education where the public can afford it."
  • "Wealthy corporations and individuals should pay their fair share."
  • "Don’t let campaign contributions and lobbyists drive the elections."
  • "Save tax dollars, and lives, by treating the mentally ill instead of putting them in prison."
  • "Creating a Healthy Balance Between the Clearwater Elk Herd, their predators and the environment."


Bradbury received his undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho and his law degree from the University of Michigan.[9]


After law school, Bradbury served with the Eighth Army in Korea in military intelligence. He spent 44 years as an attorney, including co-founding a 35-lawyer firm in Anchorage and Seattle. He also served as a partner in a Seattle maritime law firm. In addition, he has served as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Washington. Bradbury was a judge of the Idaho Second Judicial District from 2002 until 2011.[9]



Main article: Idaho judicial elections, 2010

Bradbury lost in his bid for the Idaho Supreme Court. Justice Roger Burdick won re-election with 58.5% of the vote.[10]

Campaign platform

Bradbury campaigned on the platform that the Idaho judiciary was in need of change, calling the Idaho Supreme Court a "good-old-boy system".[11][12][13]

Bradbury pointed to the frequency of judges choosing to retire mid-term, allowing for their successor to be appointed by the executive branch, rather than waiting for their terms to expire and allowing their successor to be chosen by popular vote as problematic. "What we have is that Idaho judges retire early," he said. "Public service ought to have to answer to the voice of the people. What it's done is transfer selection of judges to the governor."[14]

Other concerns that Bradbury raised was reporting processes for judicial misconduct and affordability of legal representation. He said that judicial conduct concerns ought to be a matter of public record and that the "constitutional guarantee of a court system is meaningless if you can't afford it".[14][12]

For a summary of issues Bradbury has raised during his campaign, visit: Times-News, "Bradbury, Burdick set themselves apart on issues," May 23, 2010

State Bar survey

The Idaho State Bar surveyed its members on the contested races in 2010. Bradbury scored close to "average" in the four areas measured. Burdick was ranked as "above average" in the same areas.[15][16][17] Bradbury called the survey "a disgrace" and "dishonest," noting that lawyers rated him despite not knowing him or having worked with him.[18]

Candidate debate

Bradbury and Burdick debated on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 8 p.m. The debate occurred in front of a live audience at the statehouse in Boise and was aired by Idaho Public Television.[19] The debate was characterized by The Spokesman Review as "fiery" and contained several clashes between the candidates. Notably, Burdick called a statement of Bradbury's "abject malarkey and nonsense" after Bradbury indicated that a lawsuit concerning the state’s school facilities was brought to an end without any written order or decision.[18] Burdick later retracted his statement that the lawsuit was on-going: "That was a misstatement. We [the Supreme Court] indicated the case was over."[20]


Bradbury received the endorsement of former Idaho Supreme Court justice Robert C. Huntley, who called Bradbury "one of Idaho's most outstanding judges".[21]


In 2008, Bradbury challenged incumbent Joel Horton for a seat on the Idaho Supreme Court, losing by a few hundred votes.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title[22]

Candidate IncumbentSeatElection %
Joel Horton ApprovedA YesHorton Seat50.1%
John Bradbury NoHorton Seat49.9%

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External links


  1. Idaho Second Judicial District Court, "Contact info," accessed June 4, 2014
  2. Associated Press "Bradbury announces 2nd run for Idaho Supreme Court," March 16, 2010
  3. Idaho Reporter "Bradbury concedes in Supreme Court race, but doesn’t call Burdick," May 26, 2010
  4. Idaho Secretary of State, "List of All Candidate Declarations for 2014," March 28, 2014
  5. Idaho Secretary of State, "Unofficial Primary Election Results - Statewide," May 21, 2014
  6. Idaho Secretary of State, "2012 primary election results," accessed May 15, 2012
  7. Idaho Secretary of State – Elections Division, "November 6, 2012 General Election Results," accessed December 27, 2012
  8. /, Official campaign website
  9. 9.0 9.1 Idaho State Journal, "Bradbury declares candidacy for Supreme Court Justice," May 11, 2010
  10. Idaho Secretary of State, Unofficial 2010 Primary Election Statewide Totals
  11. KPVI "The Race for Justice is On," May 13, 2010
  12. 12.0 12.1 Idaho Mountain Express "Judges square off for high court seat," May 19, 2010
  13. Standard Journal "Burdick campaigns to retain seat on state Supreme Court," May 14, 2010
  14. 14.0 14.1 Standard Journal "Bradbury outlines campaign for state high court.," May 14, 2010
  15. Times-News "Judicial candidates judged," May 5, 2010
  16. Idaho Reporter "Idaho lawyers rate Burdick higher than Bradbury," May 4, 2010
  17. Idaho State Bar Candidate Survey Results
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Spokesman-Review "Idaho high court rivals spar in fiery debate," May 4, 2010
  19. Times-News "Justice Jones agrees to debate Bradbury," April 29, 2010
  20. The Spokesman Review "Justice speaks out on Idaho schools case," May 17, 2010
  21. Huntley Press Release, May 6, 2010
  22. Idaho Secretary of State, 2008 Primary Election Results
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