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Two Attorneys Vie For Superior Court

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Two attorneys in the Tri Cities want your vote in their bid to sit on the bench in Benton County Superior Court.
     Both candidates have years of experience in the courtroom, but they approach the job from different perspectives.
     Sal Mendoza has represented a lot of defendants in criminal cases.
     "I think the difference between me and the other candidate is that I have experience involving serious criminal cases that affect our community, cases involving homicide, rape, robbery."
     Bruce Spanner says his experience in civil cases  better qualifies him for the bench.
     "Over 75-percent of cases filed in superior court are civil cases. The kind of work I've been doing for the past 24 years."
     As judge, Spanner says his priority would be to know each case as well as the attorneys before him.
     "They'll know I'm working as hard as them to get the job done, and get it right."
     Mendoza says his top priority would be to bring new energy and new ideas to the bench.
     "I got together with law enforcement agencies, judges, court staff, to bring in what we have today in drug courts."
     Both candidates have impressive endorsements. Mendoza has the backing of both prosecutors in Franklin and Benton counties, while Spanner has the endorsement of Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna.
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