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Jeanette Dalton


Kitsap County Superior Court

Position One

Current Occupation/Employer: Attorney, Law Firm of Jeanette Dalton, Kingston, WA

Education: BA, Business Administration, UW (1981). JD, University of Puget Sound, (1984).

Legal/Judicial Experience: For 24 years, Iíve tried hundreds of criminal and civil cases both as a defense and prosecuting attorney. Iím the only candidate with actual experience as a substitute judge, presiding in several courts over my career.

Family: Husband Ken and I live near Eglon with our dogs, enjoying traveling, scuba diving the Puget Sound, and music.

Significant Career Experience: Iíve made thousands of appearances in government, state, and federal courts and represented clients in hundreds of jury trials. Iíve briefed and argued dozens of appeals.

Candidate Statement: I believe in truth, justice, and integrity. I believe in ethics. And I believe in the law.

A judge must be the guarantor of fair, ethical proceedings, using experience, legal knowledge and common sense to interpret and apply the law.

I have the right kind of experience needed to be a Superior Court Judge and I am the only candidate who currently sits as a Judge pro tem.

As a prosecuting attorney, I fought passionately for victimís rights. As a defense attorney, Iíve been a champion for our Constitution. In the civil arena, Iíve been a voice for families, homeowners and small businesses.

My values come from growing up in a military family and putting myself through school. I have a devotion to truth and common sense; a tireless work ethic; and the strength to stand for whatís right.

And, importantly, I also know Kitsap County. This has been my home for 17 years. My experience as a member of this community will inform every decision I make from the bench.

Firm. Fair. Honest. Just. I am humbled that community leaders, judges, court staff, law enforcement, small businesses and citizens throughout Kitsap County have placed their confidence in me.

Official web site:  
Opponent: Bruce Danielson
Questionnaire response: For Kitsap Sun

Candidate ratings:

Kitsap County Bar Association
(Membership Poll - Primary)
1st Choice: 15
2nd Choice: 36
1st Choice: 1
2nd Choice: 7
Washington Women Lawyers Well Qualified *

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Kitsap Sun  

New Page 1 Finance report:

(Click a dollar figure for detailed data from the Public Disclosure Commission. Note that summary numbers here might not match detailed data for various reasons.)

Jeanette Dalton 10/31/2008 $111,456.00 $104,854.02
Bruce Danielson 10/31/2008 $21,196.68 $21.837.20

Media stories:
    October 16, 2008
Kitsap Sun   Judge candidates emphasize broad view of legal system
    October 15, 2008
Bainbridge Review   Judge's race is a humdinger
Port Orchard
  It all depends on the definition of 'judge'
    September 19, 2008
Kitsap Sun   Judge finds medical marijuana patient guilty in pot-growing case
    September 12, 2008
Kitsap Sun   Amid state flip-flopping, judge to call medical marijuana case
    August 27, 2008
Port Orchard
  [Opinion] Voters sent a message, but what was it?
    August 23, 2008
Port Orchard
  Upsets the order of the day during primary election
    August 21, 2008
Port Orchard
  Kitsap posts additional election results, was first county to report
    August 20, 2008
Kitsap Sun   Hunt Tops Challenger Ford to Hold on to State Court of Appeals Seat
    August 9, 2008
Port Orchard
  [Opinion] The leaker, not Danielson, was the real loser
    August 5, 2008
Port Orchard
  Anonymous critics attack Kitsap judge candidate
    July 9, 2008
Port Orchard
  [Opinion] Thoughts on Kitsap County: Judicial integrity, SEED analysis and toll honesty
    July 3, 2008
Port Orchard
  Judge candidate Danielson eschews attorney donations
    June 10, 2008
Port Orchard
  Judge candidates make their case to Kitsap Bar
    May 28, 2008
Kitsap Sun   Three lawyers now vying for Superior Court seat
    March 4, 2008
Kitsap Sun   Costello to step down from Superior Court bench, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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