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John O'Brien


King County District Court

Northeast Division, Position Six

This race will appear on the November ballot.

John O'Brien

Occupation: Managing Partner, O’Brien, Barton, Joe & Hopkins, Issaquah Law Firm

Education: Seattle Prep High School - Gonzaga University - Seattle University Law School Juris Doctor, 1981

Community Service: Past President and 22 year member of the Issaquah Rotary Club; Past President and 8 year board member of the Issaquah Grange; Past Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Chair of its Government Affairs Committee; Eastside Montessori School Foundation Board Member; Issaquah School Board Bond Feasibility Committee member 1 year; Salmon Days Volunteer for over 19 years; Founding Co-Chair of Lake Sammamish’s community festival, Tastin’ N’ Racin’.

Judicial Experience: King County Superior Court Arbitrator for 23 years; King County Judge Pro-Tem for 15 years; Eastside Narcotics Task Force Hearing Examiner for 3 years.

Statement: John O’Brien brings balanced, independent judgment to the King County District Court bench. As a trial attorney, he has represented individuals and families for 29 years. John O’Brien has served as prosecuting attorney for the cities of Medina, Hunts Point, Duvall and Carnation. His judicial experience includes 15 years as District Court Judge Pro Tempore, 23 years as King County Superior Court Arbitrator, and Hearing Examiner for the Eastside Narcotics Task Force, adjudicating the right of the government to seize assets used in the commission of drug crimes.

John O’Brien’s outstanding record of community leadership includes past president and 22 year member of Rotary, Chamber of Commerce Director, Issaquah Grange President, a dependable volunteer for Issaquah Salmon Days and co-founder of the Lake Sammamish community festival, Tastin’ N Racin’.

O’Brien endorses the philosophy that the District Court upholds the current law. It holds individuals accountable for their actions. He has seen the glow of pride in a defendant who has successfully completed a probationary counseling program, but has also sentenced defendants to maximum confinement for failed efforts at personal reform.

John and his wife, Mary, reside in Sammamish. They have raised three children, Sean, Michael and Jamie.

John O’Brien will bring leadership, intelligence, integrity and impartiality to the District court.

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Opponent: Michael Finkle
Questionnaire responses: For Municipal League of King County
For King County Democrats

Candidate ratings:

King County Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
[Rating Pending]
Municipal League of King County Good Very Good
Joint Asian Judicial
Evaluations Committee
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
QLaw: The GLBT Bar
Association of Washington
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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Finance report:

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Michael Finkle 7/07/2010 $17,305.22
Personal Funds $3,150.00
Loans $7,900.00
John O'Brien 7/07/2010 $0.00 $0.00

Media stories:
    July 6, 2010
Issaquah Press   Issaquah attorney enters race for judge, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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