Legal/Judicial Experience: Superior Court Judge, Benton/Franklin (Appointed 2014, Elected 2015). Served as Criminal Presiding Judge; serves as Assistant Administrative Presiding Judge. Assistant United States Attorney (2008-2014); Special Assistant United States Attorney (2006-2008); Benton County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (2004-2008); Franklin County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (1998-2004); Private Practice Associate (1997-1998).
Other Professional Experience: Adjunct Professor, WSU, Tri-Cities (2004-2008); Commercial Fisherman (1985-1992).
Education: UW School of Law, J.D. 1997; UW, B.A. History, 1993, cum laude.
Community Service: YMCA Mock Trial Competition Judge, Tri-City Youth & Justice Forum Committee, Benton Franklin County Legal Aid Volunteer.
Statement: Alex Ekstrom and his wife of 20 years, Aimee, are raising their three children in Richland, Washington: Nicholas, William and Annaliese. He has spent his entire legal career after law school in the Tri-Cities, first in private practice and then for over 18 years as a public servant. Respected by the legal community, he is known for providing a courtroom where every party is treated fairly and given an explanation for the Court’s decision, grounded in the law. Judge Ekstrom is informed, prepared and courteous to everyone in his courtroom. He brings a strong legal background, a demonstrated commitment to public service, and a devotion to family that gives him informed and appropriate judgment. As Criminal Presiding Judge, he has handled thousands of hearings, and has presided over numerous civil and criminal trials. He believes that a Judge’s duty is to uphold the law fairly, and not to legislate any personal agenda. He is honored each day to work for the people of Benton and Franklin Counties, and will continue to bring his judicial experience, leadership and integrity to the Superior Court of Benton and Franklin Counties. Endorsements: alexforjudge.net.