Election 2014: 5 vie for Nevada Co. Superior Court Judge Seat 1
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Five candidates are vying for the Nevada County Superior Court judge seat being vacated by retiring Judge Sean P. Dowling in the upcoming June 3 primary election.
Truckee voters will be asked to choose among Angela L. Bradrick, Anna Ferguson, Jeff Ingram, Jeffrey A. Lake and Robert Tice-Raskin.
Below is information on each candidate, presented in random order.
Angela L. Bradrick, lives in Auburn
Current occupation: Nevada County Superior Court Legal Research Attorney
Education: Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1995. Graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999.
Career: After passing the California State Bar Exam in 1999, she managed her own law office focusing primarily on family and civil law for two years. In 2001, Bradrick was hired by the Placer County Superior Court as a legal research attorney. In 2010, Angela transferred to the Nevada County Superior Court. For 12 years she has served as a Pro Tem Judge, sitting regularly in family law, family support, civil, probate, small claims and traffic courtrooms. In addition, Bradrick has taught for the California Clerk’s Association and is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Phoenix.
Family: A mother of four sons, two in Sierra College, one in high school and the other in elementary.
Anna Ferguson, lives in Nevada City
Current occupation: Nevada County Assistant District Attorney
Education: An undergraduate degree in English from UC Santa Barbara. Graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1993, passing the bar exam later that year.
Career: Ferguson has been a county assistant D.A. for seven years. Prior to that she served as associate attorney for a civil insurance defense firm in Long Beach, Calif.; deputy public defender for Tulare County, special assistant inspector general for the State of California Inspector General’s Office Bureau of Independent Review, auditing prison internal affairs cases; and deputy district attorney for Kings County. Over her 20-year career, she has taken more than 100 cases to jury trial, including homicides, domestic violence, kidnappings and officer-involved shootings.
Associations: She serves as the vice president of the Nevada County Law Library Board of Trustees.
Jeff Ingram, lives in Penn Valley
Current occupation: Attorney
Education: Ventura College, law degree
Career: Admitted to the California Bar in 1979 and runs a practice out of Penn Valley. The employment law and civil litigation attorney has nearly 35 years of experience — 26 in Nevada County — who has handled litigation in 25 counties in the state.
Past election: Ingram ran for Nevada County Supervisor in 1998 against incumbent Rene Antonson on a platform of promoting economic development. Izzy Martin entered the race as a write-in candidate, eventually winning a run-off against Ingram by less than 200 votes. Martin subsequently appointed Ingram, a licensed pilot, to the Nevada County Airport Commission, which he served on for four years.
Associations: For four years, he also served on the board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District.
Jeffrey A. Lake, lives in Nevada City
Current occupation: Attorney
Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego in 1988 and earned his law degree from California Western School of Law in 1991.
Career: In 2001, Lake founded the law firm Jeffrey A. Lake, A.P.C. Lake, whose primary law practice is in San Diego, represented Americans for Safe Access Nevada County locally in its efforts to block the county’s controversial medical marijuana cultivation ordinance, which was enacted in 2012. The case was dismissed in June 2013 after the California Supreme Court decided in the City of Riverside v. The Inland Empire Patients Health & Wellness Collective that local jurisdictions have the right to regulate both cultivation and distribution via local land-use designations such as zoning ordinances. Over Lake’s nearly 23-year career, he has represented hundreds of corporate and individual clients in disputes arising from products liability and other tort based actions, construction defects, real property transactions, contract disputes and business related transactions.
Associations: He has served as area director of the Tierrasanta Community Council and Planning Committee; a member of the City of Poway Budget, Housing and Redevelopment Committees; and director of the Helping Hands Disaster Relief Foundation; and the Kyle Menkee Foundation.
Robert Tice-Raskin, lives in Grass Valley
Current occupation: Federal prosecutor
Education: Bachelor’s from Dartmouth College, 1985, and a law degree from Harvard, 1989.
Career: Tice-Raskin has served as a federal prosecutor since 1995 at both the trial and appellate court levels. He has also served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Nevada County Superior Court (as well as Placer and Sacramento counties courts) since 2007, presiding over hundreds of small claims court proceedings, including contract and tort actions. In addition, he is chief of the White Collar Crime Unit for the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California. From 1990 to 1994, he was a litigator at Irell & Manella, a southern California corporate law firm. Prior to that he served as an appointed law clerk or legal advisor to Federal Judge J. Lawrence Irving, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of California from 1989 to 1990.
Associations: In June 2012 he was appointed to the board of the Pleasant Ridge Union School District to replace outgoing president Roger White. He did not win his seat in the November election, however.
Family: Married to Sandi Tice-Raskin, pediatrician, with five children, ages 14-6.
Sierra Sun Reporter Margaret Moran compiled the above information from various sources, including candidate statements, the Nevada County Superior Court website and regional news reports. Learn more at mynevadacounty.com/nc/elections, or by visiting nevadacountycourts.com.