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Karl Williams


Pierce County District Court

Position Two

Karl Williams

Legal/Judicial Experience: Pierce County District Court Judge Pro Tem since 1996. Judge Pro Tem for the cities of Fife, Puyallup and Ruston. Practicing law in Washington State for 23 years. Practicing in the US District Court. Practiced before the Washington State Court of Appeals. Submitted briefs to the State Supreme Court.

Other Professional Experience: Arbitrator for Pierce and King County. Mediator in Pierce County since 1994.

Education: UPS School of Law, Tacoma - Juris Doctorate Degree 1986; UW, Seattle -BA Degree 1982; Curtis High School, University Place 1978

Community Service: Tacoma Narrows Rotary - Board Member; UP/ Metro Parks - 7 years coached for son and daughter's teams in 4 sports

Statement: I will protect your rights as a law-abiding citizen. As your District Court judge, protecting your rights to the fullest extent of the law will be my highest priority. Victims of crime should never suffer in silence and isolation.

As a husband and father of two, it concerns me that too often all the attention is placed on the criminal. Our community deserves a judge who will bring honesty, justice and fairness into the courtroom to make our community safe for our children, families and elders.

Spend wisely and tell the truth. Put violent offenders in jail. The Pierce County Jail should not be a debtor's prison. Too much space is wasted on non-violent offenses. We must get dangerous offenders off the streets and behind bars to protect us all.

I am proud to have served the citizens of Pierce County as a District Court Judge Pro-Tem since 1996. Of all the candidates, I have the most judicial experience.

The Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association has rated me Exceptionally Well Qualified. That's the highest rating. I am the most qualified candidate and no one will work harder for you. Honest. Fair. Most-Qualified.

Official web site:  
Opponents: Lance Hester, Kevin McCann, Claire Sussman
Candidate ratings:

Pierce County
Bar Association
Well Qualified
Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified

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Finance report:

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Lance Hester 8/17/2010 $5,487.99
Loans $200.00
Kevin McCann 8/17/2010 $44,530.27
Personal Funds $4,800.00
Loans $4,700.00
Claire Sussman 8/17/2010 $65,525.29
Personal Funds $44,800.00
Loans $4,700.00
Karl Williams 8/17/2010 $67,674.00
Personal Funds $60,000.00

Media stories:
    March 28, 2010
Tacoma News Tribune   Deputy prosecutor wants judge job
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