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San Jose’s independent police auditor and a deputy public defender are saying they will run for what are expected to be two open seats on the Santa Clara County Superior Court bench. San Jose Police Auditor Teresa Guerrero-Daley and Deputy Public Defender Enrique Colin said they will be on the March ballot to replace retiring Judges Richard Turrone and Jerald Infantino. The cast of candidates will likely grow as the Nov. 10 deadline for filing papers approaches. Last year, eight candidates competed for two open seats. Turrone said Thursday that he’s decided against filing papers for re-election, and lawyers say Judge Infantino has indicated he won’t either. An incumbent’s failure to file for re-election between Oct. 27 and Nov. 5 triggers an open election for the seat, rather than letting the governor appoint a replacement. Guerrero-Daley, who was appointed San Jose’s first full-time civilian police auditor, said she’s ready for a new challenge. “When you are at the top of what you do, it’s time to move on,” Guerrero-Daley said. “Having been here 10 years, I’ve seen this office grow from a very controversial office to receiving national recognition as being one of the best offices in the country.” Guerrero-Daley was working as a criminal defense attorney when she was appointed part-time police auditor in 1993. The job became full time in 1997. The auditor investigates complaints about San Jose’s police department and makes recommendations on how processes can be improved, but does not handle officer discipline. Though the recommendations aren’t binding, “we have an over 90 percent adoption rate,” Guerrero-Daley said. “This was a very contentious issue,” she said of the auditor position. “From the police perspective, they saw police civilian oversight as ‘Over my dead body.’ I have been able to create a model that has worked.” The 52-year-old says her background is inspirational. A mother and high school dropout at age 16, she eventually earned her high school and college degrees and became the Drug Enforcement Agency’s first female agent in San Jose. She graduated from Lincoln Law School at age 40. “My diverse background, more than anything else, will mean hope for people like me,” she said. “Young teenage moms, they will have hope that somebody had made it.” While Guerrero-Daley has been the official at the center of a once-controversial department, Colin has maintained a lower public profile. A career public defender, Colin joined the PD’s office 12 years ago and at one time supervised the juvenile delinquency team. Like Guerrero-Daley, he has been active in the local chapter of La Raza Lawyers, once serving as its president. “I have extensive experience handling misdemeanor cases, preliminary examinations and felony jury trials,” the 42-year-old said.

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