General Election: November 8, 2022

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Jonathan Rands


Whatcom County District Court

Position 2

Jonathan Rands

Legal/Judicial Experience:

Highly respected trial lawyer with 20 years’ experience in the District and Municipal Courts of our 4-county area; tried 250+ cases to verdict; exceptional knowledge of these courts; the only candidate with years of Pro Tem Judicial experience

Other Professional Experience: President, Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice – 2017-2019; frequent legal lecturer on state and national level

Education: J.D., Seattle University; B.A., Simon Fraser University; certification in scientific and forensic issues coming before the District Court

Community Service: As a small business owner, he is a reliable contributor to many community organizations including Humane Society, Boys & Girls Club, St. Joseph Hospital, Hospice Foundation, and Max Higbee.

Statement: Jonathan Rands was the winner of our Primary Election. He is the only candidate endorsed by both the 42nd District Democrats and the Whatcom County Republicans. In a non-partisan judicial race, bi-partisan support is important.

Jonathan has distinguished himself in the courtroom defending Constitutional rights and is respected for his lengthy experience, relentless work ethic, and integrity. Representing people, not government, he has earned a reputation for his commitment to both access to justice and the rule of law. He believes in balancing restorative justice with accountability and that a judge should provide people with tools to facilitate their success. He is the only candidate with years of judicial experience.

Jonathan Rands has the necessary community connections and judicial support to bring a Community Court and Resource Center to Whatcom County thereby reducing recidivism and relieving burdens on police, first responders, and local businesses.

Jonathan Rands’ bi-partisan endorsements show that he will be impartial and fair to all. Other endorsements include over 100 lawyers and 40+ judges who respect his knowledge and experience; Bellingham/Whatcom County Firefighters (IAFF 106); NW WA Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO); Machinists Union (IAM 751); Lummi Indian Business Council; WWU Young Democrats. See all endorsements at

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Opponent: Gordon M. Jenkins
Candidate ratings:

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Cascadia Daily News, P.O. Box 3570, Silverdale, WA  98383
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