Legal/Judicial Experience: Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney, 2003-2007; Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan and King Counties, 1988-2003, 2007-08; Superior Court Arbitrator, 2007- 2018, private law practice, 2007-18; numerous cases in Washington Supreme Court and Court of Appeals since 1990; thousands of trial court cases tried and/or resolved.
Other Professional Experience: Constitutional Law Instructor, Skagit Valley College; Speaker, Attorney General’s Conference on Civil Forfeiture and Criminal Profiteering; Trust/Investment Officer, Rainier Bank.
Education: Law Degree, MM/MBA, Willamette University, 1986; B.A. State Univ. NY 1982.
Community Service: Skagit YMCA, Board of Directors and President; Literacy Volunteer; Big Brother Program
Statement: I want to represent the people of Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan and Island Counties as judge in the Court of Appeals. I have lived and worked here as a lawyer for 28 years, crisscrossing from Langley to Friday Harbor to Anacortes to Blaine to Sedro Woolley to Deming to Bellingham to Concrete and parts in between. As a result, I enjoy the broad backing of many public officials, leaders and clients across the region.
The single most important qualification for a Court of Appeals judge is broad experience handling different kinds of cases in different courts. More than any other candidate, I have that experience, whether with criminal or civil cases, prosecution or defense, appellate cases, or just plain time on the job. I have successfully worked them all, repeatedly, from the simplest traffic infractions to the most complex criminal and commercial disputes, in local and appellate courts, including many before the Court of Appeals and our Supreme Court.
Compare the candidates. You will find that my years of work and experience and skill, and my dedication to the pursuit of fairness and justice for everyone in the court system, uniquely qualify me for the privilege of your vote.