Mason County District Court
Experience: Deputy Prosecutor for over ten years. Private Practice
including criminal defense, civil, and bankruptcy for over twenty. Judge
Shelton Municipal Court for over nine years. Commissioner WSTSC July
2017 through present. DMCJA member for over nine years. Pro-tem judge in
various courts, including Mason County District Court. Wrote and lobbied
for legislation and chaired WAPA’s Fish and Wildlife Committee.
Other Professional Experience: Commissioner and President
Tanglewilde Parks District in 1990's.
Education: JD Degree, University of Puget Sound 1983. BA
University of Colorado 1979
Community Service: Active St. Edward Catholic Church Shelton
Parrish Council St. Michael Catholic Church, Olympia.
Statement: As an experienced Municipal Court and pro-tem Judge,
attorney, and resident of Mason County, I fully realize the importance
of the court system to the citizens of Mason County. I also fully
realize the challenges presently facing our courts. I strongly believe
that a judge is not a policy maker except insofar as to improve the
court system. I believe a judge’s primary duty is to apply the law and
be fair to all people coming before the court. This requires keeping an
open mind and listening to all relevant facts presented. I have been
successful with the Shelton Municipal Court as its judge, insuring that
the court is effective and fair, with justice being done. I have always
striven to ensure justice in my judicial and legal work and make a
positive difference for people.
I believe that I am the most qualified candidate for the Mason County
District Court. This is based on my experience as Judge, and as an
attorney. My wife, Olene and I have been residents, for over eighteen
years, in Mason County. I look forward to serving the citizens of this
county, if I am elected.
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