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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California

Tribunal Superior de California, Condado de MarinCandidato para Juez, Cargo 2

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Otis Bruce

Deputy District Attorney
4,097 votos (6.26%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Integrity — A Judge sits in a powerful place of influence and disposition. There can be no more important priority for someone in that position, that the commitment to fairness, integrity, and honesty.
  • Community — For a Judge, there are always many directions that can be taken in achieving an outcome. So, our community values, concerns, and priorities all play a vital role in choosing the right direction, and provide a compass for decision-making.
  • Justice — Justice does not simply begin and end in the courtroom. The ethic we foster permeates throughout our community. Our Judge has the opportunity to encourage a strong of culture of understanding, fairness, equity, and respect.



Profesión:Deputy District Attorney, Marin County
Deputy District Attorney, Marin County District Attorney’s Office (1995–current)
President, Marin County Bar Association (MCBA) — Cargo elegido (2011–2012)


New College of California School of Law Juris Doctorate (1987)
San Jose State University Bachelor's Degree, Criminal Justice Administration (1981)


For 25 years, I’ve served in the Marin County District Attorney’s office to secure justice for victims. I’ve handled a tremendously varied caseload (from fraud and embezzlement to child and spousal abuse), engaging colleagues, families, and law professionals with equal fairness, sound judgment, and an absolute respect for the rule of law.

This experience, commitment to justice, and dedication have earned me the support of community leaders, law enforcement, and educators county-wide. 

I promise to bring all of my experience to the position of Judge, and serve with thoughtfulness, integrity, fairness, and an unwavering commitment to justice.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Hon. William “Bill” Stephens, Marin Superior Court Judge (Ret.)
  • Hon. Vernon Smith, Marin Superior Court Judge (Ret.)
  • Michael Pritchard

Funcionarios electos (3)

  • Dennis Scremin, Commissioner, Marin Open Space; Mayor, City of Sausalito (Fmr.)
  • Josh Fryday, Novato City Councilmember
  • Paul Cohen, San Rafael City Council (Fmr.), San Rafael School Board Member (Fmr.)

Individuos (77)

  • Sherlyn Wilson, Merritt College Alumni, Veteran
  • Harley White, Sr., Retired Professor
  • Frances White, Superintendent/President of the Marin Community College District (Ret.)
  • Chantel Walker, HR Professional
  • Bianca Vasquez
  • Laura R. van Galen, Owner – Fenix Restaurant
  • Dr. Shirley Thorton, Educator (Ret.)
  • Surinder “Pal” Sroa, Owner Lotus Indian Restaurants
  • Kieawnie Shedrick Clar
  • William L. Shedrick
  • Dr. Lestine Shedrick
  • Shahram Shahnazi, Owner – Northgate Gas
  • Shervin Shahnazi
  • Ethel Seiderman, Educator (Ret.) and Community Advocate
  • Matthew Ramsey
  • DJ Pierce
  • Meloni G. Page, HR Professional
  • Joyce Nortey, MSW
  • Courtney Noehr, Restaurant Manager
  • Jonnette Newton, Educator (Ret.)
  • Nadia Naderi, San Rafael Businesswoman
  • Dr. Lois Moore, USF Adjunct Professor (Ret.), Marin Women's Hall of Fame, 2004 Novato Citizen of the Year
  • Dr. Lois and Terry Moore
  • Janice Mapes
  • Gregory Mack, Trustee, Novato Unified School District
  • Vinh and Kim Luu, Vietnamese-American Community Activists
  • Johnathan Logan, Jr., Assistant to Marin Community Foundation President
  • Laura J. Levine, Senior Mortgage Advisor
  • Nidal Khalili, Owner – Sign Art-Center
  • Elena Keating, Affordable Housing Consultant
  • Dr. Danny Kao and Dr. Julia Krasner
  • Jason Jimenez
  • Gaspare Indelicato, Owner – Gaspare’s Restaurant, San Francisco
  • Robin Indelicato, Restaurant Owner and Bookkeeper
  • Daniel Indelicato
  • Roy Howell
  • Clint and Nichole Hightower
  • Larry L. Hampton, Collections Officer, County of Marin
  • Charlotte Guinn
  • Meredith Griffin
  • Terrie Green
  • Yolanda Gibson, Founder Marin Latino Leaders
  • Whitney Florian, U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) J.D. Candidate Class of 2017
  • Mathew Douraghi, M.A., Researcher, San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Dan L. Daniels, Employment Development Counselor
  • Leslie Burnside, Owner – Theresa & Johnny’s
  • Adriana Ames, Education Director
  • Paula Allen, Banker
  • Nina Alderwete, Novato Parent
  • Aref Ahmadia, Owner – West End Cafe
  • Toussaint Bailey
  • Roberto L. Velasquez, Esq.
  • Teresa Torrence-Tillman, Director, Marin County Probation (Ret.)
  • Jessica Shavers, Esq., Civil/Business Attorney
  • My Tran Santos, Senior Deputy Probation Officer
  • Anthony Nunez, Deputy Probation Officer
  • Roxanne Mosley, Private Defense Attorney/Business Owner
  • Lonnie Morris, Deputy Probation Officer
  • Mackel Marilyn, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner (Ret.)
  • Perry Litchfield, Esq., Civil/Business Attorney
  • Charles Litchfield, Esq., Civil/Business Attorney
  • Tori Lemos, Supervisor Adult Probation
  • Walt Kosta, San Rafael Police Department, Captain (Ret.)
  • Betty Jackson, Probation Supervisor (Ret.)
  • Tara Higgins, Defense Attorney
  • Tom & Faye Hendricks, Marin County Counsel (Ret.)
  • Elizabeth Hafeman, Deputy Probation Officer
  • Cheryl Fisher, Lieutenant, Marin County Law Enforcement (Ret.)
  • Simona Farrise, Esq.
  • Charles M. Dresow, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney (Ret.)
  • Joan Dresow, Esq., Legal Aide Attorney (Ret.)
  • Cleveland Cutler, Counselor (Ret.)
  • Carrie Ann Colton, Esq.
  • Charles Bonner, Esq.
  • Robin Brennan, Defense Attorney
  • Tracey Barrett, Criminal Defense Attorney

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política


The career I’ve chosen and my life-long community participation is all based on my dedication to service and achieving a better world for all. Whether Republican or Democrat, I would expect that anyone serving in our field (lawyer or Judge) would share an unwavering and enduring commitment to justice. That’s our job.

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What Makes a Good Judge?


Many candidates seeking the position of Judge have experience. While I feel I have the widest and deepest breadth of experience, law experience alone is not enough. A judge must know their community, have an unwavering commitment to justice - above all, and possess an even temperament that allows faireness and equity in the courtroom. These qualities are what separate the candidates for this position. It's the reason, I've spent my whole career mentoring, serving on Boards, and actively engaged in every aspect of our community.

For over two decades,  I’ve had the privilege of serving our community.  I’ve been a community lawyer working as a prosecutor and a mentor to many young people — many of whom I’ve proudly watched grow to become adults with young families, successful careers, and their own passion to give back. I continue to serve as an advocate on Boards and Commissions, and I’m particularly proud of the Marin County Bar Association’s Legal Education Scholarship Fund, which I helped to create when I was President in 2011 with the support from the Board and Bar membership members. This scholarship fund has provided opportunities for Marin Bar members to support much needed scholarship assistance for Marin students who aspire to be lawyers. I’m also proud of the close to 25 years I’ve been a victim’s advocate working as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office. 

As a young boy, growing up in rural Mississippi, I realized a passion for hard work, dedication to family and community, integrity and equality. The road was not always easy, but I did not waver in my conviction. Working to secure justice and fairness for victims inspires me today, just as it did all those years ago.

Beginning 25 years ago as a young law clerk, I’ve spent a full career in our Marin County court system.  I’ve practiced a wide variety of law in different cases and courts, learned how to be effective in every corridor, and seen the impact legal decisions have on the lives of real people.  I’ve worked in our criminal and family law courts and on a broad range of cases including misdemeanors, felonies, drug and mental health, child and spousal abuse, domestic violence, embezzlement and fraud as well as child and spousal support matters.  I’ve also worked with many of our alternative-justice programs. 

I am tremendously proud of the mentorship I’ve been able to provide over the years.  At it’s core, my commitment to justice is truly a commitment to community.  From Pop-Warner Football, to mentoring young lawyers, it has been a true pleasure to watch the next generation become responsible-contributing adults to our community.  Being a part of their lives has brought me tremendous joy. 


So now — after a lifetime of engagement, preparation, and practice — I have the experience, temperament, and dedication required to serve as a judge. With an unrelenting commitment to justice, compassion, fairness, and the rule of law, I respectfully ask our community for the honor and opportunity to serve as Marin County Superior Court Judge. I would appreciate your trust and vote on Tuesday, June 7.

Work & Volunteer Service to Marin Citizens and Bay Area Community


Partial description of work and community service in our Marin community and around the greater Bay Area.

Since 1995, I've been employed as a Marin County Deputy District Attorney; our first African-American Prosecutor in the Marin DA's Office.  

I've served in the Marin County District Attorney’s Office as a Supervising Deputy District Attorney and Trial Team Coordinator for a Vertical Felony Court Departments and Units, where I've served as a Deputy District Attorney, prosecuting the following types of cases: general misdemeanor and felony; elder financial abuse; domestic violence and gang; sexual and child abuse; juvenile; child and spousal support.  

I have also served as the Marin District Attorney’s Office first Coordinator for Community Justice Programs and a liaison to the Marin community as needed, and handled all alternative justice court programs and calendars, including Proposition 36 and 47 Drug Court, Adult Drug Court and Mental Health Court Cases.


I've had the honor to serve as the 2011 President of the Marin County Bar Association (MCBA), the first African-American and ethnic minority attorney to be elected to this position, and in the following leadership positions with the MCBA:  President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer; Chair-Public Education/Law Day Committee Chair; Chair-Membership Committee; Chair-Legal Education Scholarship Committee; Board-Liaison to the Lawyer Referral Service Committee; Chair-Judicial Evaluation/Nomination Committee;  Chair-Legislative Committee;  Chair-Diversity Section and Program Committee Member.  Other professional attorney association memberships and affiliations:  Barrister -Richard Sangster Inn of Court Marin/Sonoma/Napa; Member Charles Houston Bar Association; Member California Association of Black Lawyers; Member Asian American Bar Association-Bay Area; Founding member-Bay Area Black Prosecutors Association; Regional Director (Pacific Southwest-California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii) for the National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) which has approximately 800 members across the United States; 2013-14 Sustaining Fellow-National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) and Member NCBP Diversity and Investment Committees; Appointed Member: California State Bar Criminal Law Executive Committee.

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