General Election: November 6, 2018

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David Grant


Whatcom County District Court

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Matthew ElichLegal/Judicial Experience: Judge, Whatcom County District Court, 2005 to present. Deputy Prosecutor, Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office, 1986 – 2005 (12 years as a criminal trial prosecutor and 6 years as a civil attorney advising and litigating cases for elected officials and county departments).

Other Professional Experience: Police Officer, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Education: Law Degree, University of Nebraska; Master’s Degree, Criminal Justice, Michigan State University; Bachelor’s Degree, Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska.

Community Service: Current: Whatcom Community College – Criminal Justice Program Advisory Committee; Washington Pilots Association; Past: Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center; District & Municipal Court Judges’ Association.

Statement: I have been honored to serve you as a judge since 2005. The Court and its Probation Department employ 32 highly skilled, talented and dedicated employees. With their efforts the Court has consistently developed new or improved programs and procedures to enhance access to justice and address current criminal justice and community needs. For example, specialized programing has been put in place to provide better supervision of domestic violence offenders and those with mental health disorders.

Like many businesses, the Court has expanded the array of tasks, such as ticket reviews and payments, that can be accomplished via the internet. Those with smaller civil claims can utilize mediation services to help solve disputes.

With the aid of jail staff and administration, the Court has been able to implement an array of alternatives to traditional incarceration. Sentenced offenders typically serve sentences on electronic home detention or on community service or work programs. For those requiring some form of pretrial supervision, many are released pending trial with minimally invasive forms of electronic or personal reporting alternatives delivered through jail or probation staff.

I am proud to be a part of this effort. I would be honored to receive your vote.

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