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Take 5: Woodward Wants to Go from Child Welfare Attorney to Judge
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 6 years ago on
April 17, 2018

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Brent Woodward believes his variety of experience makes him the best choice for Fresno County judge.

The attorney who works for the county child welfare department is running against Deputy District Attorney Robert Mangano. Both men are looking to replace Dennis Peterson, who is not running again for his Office No. 8 seat.

Woodward points out that his family has lived in Fresno since the late 1800s, a distinction he believes voters will care about. He points out that Mangano moved to Fresno as an adult.

County judges are elected positions, just like any elected representative. They serve six-year terms. An open seat can be a rarity, usually when the incumbent retires.

Take 5 Topics

Woodward sat down with Take 5 to describe what makes him the best candidate. The discussion includes:

-His hopeful path from child welfare attorney to the bench

-What makes him different than his opponent, Robert Mangano

-How Woodward is handling not receiving any law enforcement endorsements

-Whether his views on social issues are relevant to the election

-His philosophy in sentencing/fining

Click on the video above to watch the segment.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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