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John Ladenburg

 

Washington Supreme Court

Position 9

John Ladenburg

Legal/Judicial Experience: 15 years private civil and criminal defense trial attorney. 14 years as elected Pierce County Prosecutor. Since 1974, experience trying the highest-level cases in criminal and civil law.

Other Professional Experience: Former elected Pierce County Executive, Chair of Sound Transit, Chair of Regional Council of Governments, Tacoma City Councilmember, Chair of Puget Sound Economic Development Board,

Education: BA Political Science, Gonzaga University; Juris Doctor, Gonzaga Law School

Community Service: Now doing volunteer work defending homeowners in forfeiture cases, Boys and Girls Club Board, Communities in Schools, Safe Streets of Pierce County, Habitat for Humanity, Law Enforcement Support Agency, Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health

Statement: John Ladenburg is the only candidate who started out as a storefront lawyer representing working class people. He’s also the only candidate who has tried major cases as a defense attorney and as a prosecutor. John is the only candidate who has received eight perfect annual audits as the Pierce County Executive and the only candidate with an environmentalist record, successfully chairing Sound Transit and instituting numerous environmental programs as County Executive.

What’s more, John created the nation’s first “Sex Predator Notification Law,” later approved by the U.S. Supreme Court. Right now, he’s suing a big bank for improperly foreclosing on a young couple. And he’s doing it for free.

John is rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the Pierce County Bar Association, and endorsed by 15 county prosecutors; Grays Harbor, King, Pierce and Snohomish County Democrats; Congressmen Norm Dicks; Ron Sims; the Washington State Labor Council and more.

The third of 16 children, John was born in Leavenworth, WA and graduated from Stadium High in Tacoma. John married his wife, Connie, 42 years ago. They have five children and ten grandchildren. We need a Justice like John who has as much experience working with people as working with the law.


 
Campaign web site: www.johnladenburg.com | Facebook  
Email: John@Ladenburg.org
 
Opponents: Bruce Hilyer, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Richard Sanders
 
Questionnaire responses: For King County Democrats

 
Video Voters' Guide:


Candidate ratings:

ORGANIZATION BRUCE
HILYER
JOHN
LADENBURG
SHERYL
GORDON
McCLOUD
RICHARD
SANDERS
Cardozo Society * * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
*
Joint Asian
Judicial

Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified Well Qualified Well Qualified *
Justice for Washington
Foundation
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Qualified Qualified
King County
Bar Association
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Loren Miller
Bar Association
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
* * *
Pierce County
Minority

Bar Association
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
* *
Q-Law: The GLBT
Bar Association

of Washington
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Well Qualified *
Seattle Metropolitan
Elections Committee
Recommended Recommended * Hostile
Tacoma-Pierce County
Bar Association
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
*
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Not Qualified Not Qualified
Washington Defense
Trial Lawyers
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Well Qualified Declined
Participation
Washington
Women Lawyers
Well Qualified Well Qualified Qualified *

Important note! Each of these organizations uses its own standards and rating terms when evaluating candidates; please check their pages for further information. We do not have ratings from all organizations for all candidates, and the reasons vary. Some evaluations may still be in process, or we might not have received them yet; some candidates may not have been offered an opportunity to participate, or they may have declined to participate. Again, please check the organizations' pages for further details.


 

Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

NEWSPAPER BRUCE
HILYER
JOHN
LADENBURG
SHERYL
GORDON
McCLOUD
RICHARD
SANDERS
Kitsap Sun      
Seattle Times      
Spokesman-Review      
The Stranger      
Tacoma News Tribune      
Wenatchee World      
Yakima Valley
Business Times
     

 

Finance report:

See individual contributors:
Bruce Hilyer
John Ladenburg
Sheryl Gordon McCloud
Richard Sanders


 
Media stories:
    August 2
Ellensburg Daily Record   Ladenburg: Court outsider with range of experience
    July 29, 2012
The Olympian   4 candidates want to replace justice on state supreme court
Ellensburg Daily Record   Trio of Supreme Court Position 9 hopefuls respond to questionnaire
    July 26, 2012
KUOW.org   Open Supreme Court Seat Makes For Vigorous Race
Seattle P-I   Hilyer boosted over Sanders in judicial rating
    July 23, 2012
Seattle Times   Richard Sanders faces 3 rivals in Supreme Court comeback bid
    July 22, 2012
Seattle P-I   Challengers no-shows at Supreme Court forum
Yakima Herald   Supreme Court candidate running on credentials, not name recognition
    July 1, 2012
Yakima Herald   Former justice hoping to fill vacant Supreme Court seat
    June 6, 2012
Sequim Gazette   State Supreme Court candidate visits peninsula

 
 

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