John H. Bradbury
|John H. Bradbury|
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|Idaho Second Judicial District|
|Past position:||Attorney in private practice|
|Past position 2:||Special Assistant Attorney General, Washington|
|Undergraduate:||University of Idaho, 1958|
|Law School:||University of Michigan, 1961|
|Candidate for:||2nd District Court|
|Election information 2014:|
John H. Bradbury was a judge for the Second Judicial District in Idaho. He was elected to the court in 2002. Bradbury's term expired in 2011. He ran for election to the court again in 2014, but was unsuccessful.
- 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.
- 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.
|Idaho State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Dan Johnson Incumbent||55.4%||10,168|
2012 campaign themes
Bradbury's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- "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.
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.
- Main article: Idaho judicial elections, 2010
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."
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".
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. Bradbury called the survey "a disgrace" and "dishonest," noting that lawyers rated him despite not knowing him or having worked with him.
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. 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. Burdick later retracted his statement that the lawsuit was on-going: "That was a misstatement. We [the Supreme Court] indicated the case was over."
Bradbury received the endorsement of former Idaho Supreme Court justice Robert C. Huntley, who called Bradbury "one of Idaho's most outstanding judges".
In 2008, Bradbury challenged incumbent Joel Horton for a seat on the Idaho Supreme Court, losing by a few hundred votes.Cite error: Invalid
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|Joel Horton||Yes||Horton Seat||50.1%|
|John Bradbury||No||Horton Seat||49.9%|
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- Bradbury campaign website
- Klewtv.com, "Bradbury says the 'good old boy network' needs to change," March 17, 2010
- The Wichita Eagle, "Court won't get involved in Idaho judges' fight," April 9, 2010 (dead link)
- Times News, "Copy of text from Jim Jones letter declining debate with John Bradbury," May 10, 2010
- Idaho Reporter "Bradbury tries to shed activist label in debate with Burdick before lawyers," May 19, 2010
- The Spokesman-Review, "Last-minute attack targets Idaho court candidate," May 24, 2010
- KLEWTV.com, "Bradbury running for Idaho State Senate," February 22, 2012
- Official campaign website
- John Bradbury on Twitter
- Idaho Second Judicial District Court, "Contact info," accessed June 4, 2014
- Associated Press "Bradbury announces 2nd run for Idaho Supreme Court," March 16, 2010
- Idaho Reporter "Bradbury concedes in Supreme Court race, but doesn’t call Burdick," May 26, 2010
- Idaho Secretary of State, "List of All Candidate Declarations for 2014," March 28, 2014
- Idaho Secretary of State, "Unofficial Primary Election Results - Statewide," May 21, 2014
- Idaho Secretary of State, "2012 primary election results," accessed May 15, 2012
- Idaho Secretary of State – Elections Division, "November 6, 2012 General Election Results," accessed December 27, 2012
- /bradburyforsenate.com, Official campaign website
- Idaho State Journal, "Bradbury declares candidacy for Supreme Court Justice," May 11, 2010
- Idaho Secretary of State, Unofficial 2010 Primary Election Statewide Totals
- KPVI "The Race for Justice is On," May 13, 2010
- Idaho Mountain Express "Judges square off for high court seat," May 19, 2010
- Standard Journal "Burdick campaigns to retain seat on state Supreme Court," May 14, 2010
- Standard Journal "Bradbury outlines campaign for state high court.," May 14, 2010
- Times-News "Judicial candidates judged," May 5, 2010
- Idaho Reporter "Idaho lawyers rate Burdick higher than Bradbury," May 4, 2010
- Idaho State Bar Candidate Survey Results
- The Spokesman-Review "Idaho high court rivals spar in fiery debate," May 4, 2010
- Times-News "Justice Jones agrees to debate Bradbury," April 29, 2010
- The Spokesman Review "Justice speaks out on Idaho schools case," May 17, 2010
- Huntley Press Release, May 6, 2010
- Idaho Secretary of State, 2008 Primary Election Results