Conservative attorney in lead for San Diego County judgeship
Gary Kreep, founder and chief executive of the U.S. Justice Foundation, is leading Deputy Dist. Atty. Garland Peed.
Kreep has 201,238 votes to Peed's 200,150 votes. Roughly 4,000 absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be counted, according to the San Diego County registrar of voters.
Kreep has represented the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, the Marine booted out for criticizing President Obama and "birthers" who believe Obama was not born in the United States. He has also served as a judge pro-tem and a settlement judge in family law cases.
The San Diego County Bar Assn. listed Kreep as "lacking qualifications" to be a judge. Peed, a member of the San Diego County district attorney's staff for 27 years, was listed as "well qualified."
Peed, chief of the district attorney's Superior Court Division, was endorsed by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis and Sheriff Bill Gore. Kreep was endorsed by members of the tea party movement.
In his ballot statement, Kreep said: "Arrogant judges who overstep their authority are a threat to society. They let criminals go free based on procedural technicalities. Other judges think nothing of overturning ballot measures approved by millions of voters."
Both candidates are graduates of the University of San Diego law school: Kreep in 1976, Peed in 1981.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Gary Kreep. Credit: U.S. Justice Foundation