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Mary Kay Becker


Washington Court of Appeals

Division 1, District 3

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Mary Kay TeichertEDUCATION: Stanford University, B.A. 1966 Western Washington University, B. A. Ed. 1970 University of Washington School of Law, J.D. with honors 1982
OCCUPATION: Judge, Washington State Court of Appeals (since 1994)
EMPLOYER: State of Washington
LEGAL/JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE: For the last twelve years, Judge Mary Kay Becker has been the Court of Appeals Judge in this position. She has served as chief of the statewide Court of Appeals and has been a pro tem justice on the State Supreme Court. Earlier, Judge Becker was a lawyer in private practice in Bellingham, representing people in a variety of matters from family law to complex trials. She was also a state legislator (1975-83), a member of the Whatcom County Council, and a Trustee for Western Washington University. She lives in Bellingham where she and her husband raised their two children.

Candidate Statement: Judge Mary Kay Becker asks for your vote to re-elect her to the Court of Appeals. “My life experience has taught me the importance of working hard and treating people with fairness and respect.” The Court of Appeals reviews proceedings in the lower courts to make sure trials are conducted according to law. Judge Becker’s many written decisions demonstrate that she is fair and balanced in her judgments. Her colleagues consistently choose her for leadership positions because of her common sense and her devotion to quality and good management. She is rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by bar groups. Information:

Questionnaire: Completed  
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Opponent: Jeff Teichert
Candidate ratings (click organization for details):

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluations Committee
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Not Qualified
Women Lawyers
Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Bellingham Herald  
Skagit Valley Herald  

Finance report (Click name for contributor details):

Mary Kay Becker 09/17/2006 $40,809.17 $38,711.09
Jeff Teichert 09/17/2006 $40,627.50 $23,497.28, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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