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Lance Hester


Pierce County District Court

Position Two

Lance Hester

Legal/Judicial Experience: Washington State Supreme Court and the Washington Court of Appeals (all divisions); Superior, District, and municipal civil and criminal trials or appearances in at least a dozen counties; Federal - Washington, Pennsylvania, Idaho and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Other Professional Experience: Bar Association Treasurer, Trustee, and Young Lawyer representative; WSBA Young Lawyer President

Education: JD Seattle University; BA Pepperdine

Community Service: Muscular Dystrophy organizations volunteer; Gig Harbor Young Life - committee chair (2000-2009) and fundraiser; Outdoors For All disabled ski coach volunteer (2009); Upward Basketball coach/PAA Baseball coach; Chapel Hill Church member; Backup Buddies founding member; Pierce County Sheriff's Boating Advisory Commission (term expired)

Statement: I want to help keep your family safe. I want you to be comfortable when you need to access the court.

I believe restraining orders should be easy to obtain and repeat offenders should be dealt with aggressively. I will require offenders to participate in available rehabilitation programs.

My courtroom will be there for you when needed. My goal will be to provide justice without delay.

My background is the most comprehensive among the candidates. I stand up for victims daily. I have litigated in federal courts and state courts at all levels. Pierce County deserves a new judge with this kind of experience.

The District Court is the best place for a judge who wants to help improve families, the community, and access to the courts. That is the type of judge I will be.

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Opponents: Kevin McCann, Claire Sussman, Karl Williams
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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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