Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe will run for judge

Major-crimes prosecutor David Hoppe has announced his bid for Jackson County Circuit Court judge.

Hoppe, a Jackson County deputy district attorney, says his professional background "uniquely" qualifies him for the Circuit Court's Position 2, a hybrid caseload of criminal and domestic-relations matters heard by Judge J. Adam Peterson. Hoppe vied for the post in 2013, when Gov. John Kitzhaber appointed Peterson, and also sought the Circuit Court bench in 2010, when judges Timothy Gerking and Benjamin Bloom were appointed.

"This is not something new," said Hoppe of his aspirations to the bench. "This isn't a consolation prize."

The 46-year-old Medford resident has worked for the District Attorney's Office since 2000 and ran for the post of district attorney in 2012 against Beth Heckert.

Hoppe cites his years of prosecuting child abuse, adult sexual assault and other crimes as preparation for adjudicating them. Additionally, he handled divorces and child-custody disputes while working for five years in Klamath Falls. He also worked for the Klamath County District Attorney.

— Sarah Lemon

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