Karen A. Brako

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Brako grew up in the harbor area of Los Angeles. While in school, she worked as a lifeguard for Los Angeles City Parks and volunteered as a law clerk with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office [2]. She received a B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State and a J.D. from the Southwestern School of Law. Brako has been a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney since 1996 and is currently assigned as the Special Trials Prosecutor [2, 3]. She previously worked with the Hardcore Gang Division and the Organized Crime Division. Brako also works on cases filed at the LA County Superior Court Catalina courthouse, including domestic violence, DUI, and fish and game code cases [2]. She previously served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Anaheim, CA [3].

Key Issues

Public Safety

Brako supports alternatives to sentencing for lower level offenses where substance abuse or mental health problems are present [3].

Transparency

Brako wants to promote transparency and trust in the criminal justice system. She wants to increase diversity in the Los Angeles Superior Court [3].

Endorsements

Councilmember Juanita Martin, City of Santa Fe Springs; Councilmember Jay Sarno, City of Santa Fe Springs; Councilmember Rene Trevino, City of Artesia; Associate Justice Steven Suzukawa (Ret), California Court of Appeal; Honorable Maria Lucy Armendariz, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Sean D. Coen, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Debra A. Cole, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Debra Cole-Hall, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Jennifer H. Cops, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Christopher J. Frisco, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Danielle Gibbons, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Danette J. Gomez, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Richard M. Goul, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Daniel J. Lowenthal, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Teresa P. Magno, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Judith L. Meyer, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Peter J. Mirich, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Adan Montalban, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Carol J. Najera, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Lynn D. Olsen, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Tomson T. Ong; Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Sherry Powell, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Emily T. Spear, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Kevin Stennis, Judge of the Superior Court; Honorable Gary Ferrari, Judge of the Superior Court (Ret.); Long Beach Police Officers Association; National Women’s Political Caucus

Sources

1 Ballotpedia

2 Brako for Judge

3 Voters Edge

4 JUSTIA Lawyers

5 LA County Bar Association – Judicial Elections Evaluation