New county court judge candidates stress experience

Two Republicans vying to become judge of a new county court both have experience serving on the bench and running an office.

Joe Villanueva and Marla Clark are seeking the party’s nomination for the new Superior Court 4 judge position. The court will open next year and handle civil cases, including divorces and mortgage foreclosure cases. The race is the first contested judge race in the county since a three-way race among Republicans for Superior Court 3 judge in 1996.

Both candidates spend their days working in the courtroom. Villanueva, as chief deputy prosecutor for the county, has 14 years of trial experience prosecuting criminals. Clark has been judge of the county juvenile and family court since 2005 and handles multiple cases each day.

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