Two candidates are in the running to be the next Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge in Division 2: Liliana Ortega and Joe Rueda, both running as Independents to replace Judge Anna Montoya, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

Superior Court judges serve four-year terms and earn an annual salary of $149,400.

The Nogales International recently interviewed the two candidates via telephone. They were given one minute to respond to each question and the questions were not provided in advance.

Some of their answers have been paraphrased or edited for clarity or space.

Candidates were also asked to submit a sidebar questionnaire and a photo.

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