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Craig Platt


Island County Superior Court

Position Two

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Craig PlattCurrent Occupation/Employer: Attorney at Law, Platt and Buescher, Coupeville WA 

Education: Stanford University Law School, Doctor of Jurisprudence (1981) University of Illinois, B.S.Summa Cum Laude (1978)

Legal/Judicial Experience: Managing Partner, Platt and Buescher (2006-Present). Manager, Craig Platt and Associates (1990-2006). Chief, Criminal Division, CNMI Attorney General (1988-1990). Attorney, Associated Counsel for Accused (1984-1988).

Family: Wife: Mimi Buescher. Children: Alexandra (20) and Tobe (17).

Significant Career Experience: President, Washington Defender Association (2006-2008). Chief Prosecutor, CNMI Attorney General, Saipan (1988- 1990). Director, Board of Directors, Washington Defender Assoc. (1990-2008). Co Chair, Training Committee, Associated Counsel for the Accused, Seattle (1986-1988).

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: For the past thirty years I have dedicated myself to the law. Stanford Law School was just the beginning. My career has included major commercial litigation in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle, legal aid in London, England, Chief Prosecutor for the Attorney General in Saipan, prosecuting violent crime and government corruption, representation of clients in major criminal cases, training attorneys state-wide, assisting with local criminal justice councils, helping with reforms in our local court system, and creating the first public defender office in Island County. I am the first non-Seattle President of Washington Defender Association, where I have continued volunteering my time to train young attorneys about trial practice and have championed case load reform. The depth and breadth of my experience and public service is unique in our local community. To be a judge it is necessary to see all sides of an issue, maintaining neutrality and fairness. Justice for All is not just a phrase for me. It is a way of life. If elected I pledge to bring the same passion and commitment to the judiciary that I have demonstrated in my life’s work. For more information, please visit

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Opponent: Vickie Churchill
Media stories:
    August 2, 2008
Whidbey News Times   Two vie for Island County judge position
    August 1, 2008
Whidbey Examiner   Judicial race to be decided in primary
    June 11, 2008
Whidbey News Times   Platt seeks to unseat Judge Churchill
    June 9, 2008
South Whidbey Record   Coupeville attorney who challenged DUI tests seeks seat on the bench, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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