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Debra Hayes


Spokane County District Court

Position Six

Debra HayesEDUCATION: Spokane Community College, AAS, Paralegal, Eastern Washington University, Pre-Law Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
OCCUPATION: Spokane County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
EMPLOYER: Spokane County Prosecutor's Office
LEGAL/JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE: Law Clerk - Etter, McMahon, Lamberson & Clary Deputy Prosecutor: Extensive courtroom and trial experience in Spokane County District, Municipal, and Superior Courts, adult and juvenile cases, both misdemeanor and felony crimes: driving offenses, domestic violence, drugs, property and sexual assault crimes involving guns, and felons in possession of firearms. Family law experience: the enforcement of superior court and administrative orders involving paternity and child support. CLE Presenter for WSBA and SCBA; published author - GU Law Review.
WSBA, SCBA Washington Women Lawyers, Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Consortium, Kiwanis, Big Brothers and Sisters. Additional information at

Candidate Statement: Respect, Honesty, Fairness, I will bring these qualities to your District Court. Raised in Spokane, my unwavering commitment to this community was strengthened through my education at SCC, EWU, and Gonzaga Law School and demonstrated in volunteer work including Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium, Kiwanis, and Rotary. As a parent, my passion for public safety is paramount. As the most qualified candidate, I have real-life courtroom experience, having prosecuted thousands of cases. My reputation, both personally and professionally, has resulted in the endorsements of people who know best the qualifications for judge. Endorsements: I respectfully ask for your vote!

[Spanish Translation (PDF; includes all primary candidates)]

Questionnaire: Received by Spokane County Bar Association  
Official web site:  
Opponent: Mike Nelson
Candidate ratings (click organization for details):

Spokane County Bar Association
Judicial Evaluation Panel
Well Qualified Well Qualified
Women Lawyers
Well Qualified Qualified

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Spokane County Bar Association Member Poll - Position 6

Integrity Relevant
Debra Hayes        
Rating 2.15 2.01 2.34 2.27
Responding 215 200 195 218
Can't Rate 40 55 60 37
Mike Nelson        
Rating 3.24 3.26 3.41 3.20
Responding 225 218 212 224
Can't Rate 30 37 43 31

Ratings key: 1=Not qualified; 2=Qualified; 3=Well Qualified; 4=Exceptionally Well Qualified.

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Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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