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Greg Zempel


Washington Supreme Court

Position Five


Greg Zempel

Legal/Judicial Experience: Greg Zempel is in his sixth term as Kittitas County Prosecutor. Greg has handled nearly every type of criminal prosecution, from shoplifting to murder. He serves as the head of the county's civil division, advising the county on complex legal issues.

Other Professional Experience: Past President, Washington Association of County Officials.

Education: BA, University of Washington; Juris Doctor, University of Puget Sound. Proud graduate of Roosevelt High School in Seattle.

Community Service: Greg helped create the Sexual Assault Interagency Coalition, and “Protecting Our Children”, a group that educates parents on the risks of sexual predators. He has coached youth soccer and baseball.

Statement: Greg Zempel is a leader in law enforcement and local government – experience the people of Washington need on our state Supreme Court. For more than twenty years, Zempel has kept the people of Kittitas County safe as their County Prosecutor. He has the support of Judges, Prosecutors, state legislators and both Democrats and Republicans to become our next Supreme Court Justice.

We all know our state Supreme Court has become too political. Law enforcement knows that the court is also too unpredictable, often changing the rules that prosecutors rely on to fairly and effectively fight crime. Zempel promises a court that is “less political, more predictable.”

The court has no one with major criminal prosecution experience – a serious omission because criminal law makes up a majority of the court’s cases. Adding a prosecutor to the court will make our state safer. The court has only one member from eastern Washington, and no one with county government experience. Electing Greg Zempel to the court will add much needed diversity to a court that simply doesn’t reflect our state.

Greg and his wife Dawn have four children. The family enjoys hiking and many other outdoor activities.

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Opponent: Barbara Madsen
Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluations Committee
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified
The LGBT Bar Association
Well Qualified Not Qualified

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Yakima Herald  


Media stories:

    October 26, 2016
Spokesman Review   Big money fuels contentious Washington Supreme Court races
    October 6, 2016
Pacific Northwest
  Ballot box justice
    August 28, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   State’s chief justice won’t contest moving on to general election with opponent
    August 16, 2016
Peninsula Daily News   State Supreme Court justices decry tactics
    August 11, 2016
Peninsula Daily News   State Supreme Court justices to visit Jefferson County on Friday
    August 6, 2016
Kitsap Sun   Supreme Court candidates face off in Kitsap
    August 4, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   State’s chief justice unsure she still has an opponent
    August 3, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   [Editorial] Calling foul on Supreme contributions
Seattle Times   Chief Justice Madsen to face Kittitas prosecutor in general
Seattle P-I   Wipeout losses on far left, far right; big win for Justice Madsen
    August 1, 2016
KPLU   Billionaire, Former Senate Majority Leader Aim To Oust Washington Chief Justice | MP3 Audio:
Walla Walla
  Why are state Supreme Court judges elected?
    July 28, 2016
The Olympian   Charter-school backers spending $116,000 to try to unseat state Supreme Court justice
    June 27, 2016
NBC Right Now   Washington Supreme Court justices stop in Yakima
    June 3, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   Controversial school-funding rulings prompt crowded Supreme Court races
    May 27, 2016
Seattle Times   [Editorial] Celebrate competitive state Supreme Court races
    May 19, 2016
Seattle P.I.   Supreme Court challengers appear at Republican state convention
    May 18, 2016
Seattle P.I.   Chief Justice Madsen is challenged by Kittitas County prosecutor

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