General Election: November 6, 2018

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Matthew Elich


Whatcom County District Court

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Matthew ElichLegal/Judicial Experience: District Court Judge, District Court Commissioner, pro-tem Hearing Examiner for Whatcom and Island Counties, prosecutor for the City of Bellingham, City Attorney for Blaine and Nooksack, private law practice.

Other Professional Experience: Commercial fisherman/Alaska and Washington.

Education: Graduate, Sehome High School, 1973. Graduate, University of Washington, Phi Betta Kappa, Cum Laude, 1978, and the University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1985.

Community Service: Current member of a Pretrial Process Work Group advising the Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force. Past Board Member Children’s Museum, Big Brothers/Sisters; past member Bellingham Bay Rotary.

Statement: Judge Elich has been on the District Court bench since 2001 and is the most experienced judge in that court. He brought many new programs to the District Court including the first ever domestic violence calendar, enhanced probation services for both domestic violence offenders and those with mental health issues, volunteer mediators in small claims court, on-line mitigation for traffic tickets, and other programs to facilitate access to the court.

Judge Elich currently presides over the Whatcom County Mental Health Court and was instrumental in its creation. He is working to expand the court which diverts offenders from the criminal justice system and into effective mental health treatment and supervision.

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