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Jean Bouffard


King County Superior Court

Position Ten

Jean BouffardLegal/Judicial Experience: Bouffard has managed her own law firm for seventeen years and practiced law for over 20 years. While raising a family and working, she also devoted hundreds of hours to community service, chairing and serving on many Boards and Commissions such as King County Rural Forestry Commission, Covington Parks and Forestry Commission, and South County Community Network. She was Chair of the King County Washington Conservation Voters, and has experience in handling the growing number of land use and environmental law cases affecting our quality of life.

Family: Jean and Rick Bouffard have a son, 18, and a daughter, 14.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: In recent years there has been an onslaught of county prosecutors and downtown Seattle lawyers joining the King County Superior Court. Nearly 75% of all the cases are civil, not criminal. Yet many of the newest judges come from the prosecutor’s office. And, in every open Superior Court race, the prosecutor’s office has a candidate.

What the Court needs is a judge who understands everyday legal problems, with experience helping individuals and small businesses with contract, employment, construction, business and real estate issues — an attorney who practices common sense and gets the job done without a government agency or large law firm staff behind her.

I have spent over 20 years working on civil cases and for people without a voice: • For individuals and small businesses • For good land use policies • For members of our communities who cannot afford legal counsel.

Regularly appearing in the Superior Court has taught me that I have the work ethic, the legal reasoning skills and the dedication to fairness needed to perform the duties of judge. With your vote, I will combine my commitment to community service with my professional skills to serve you honorably and diligently as Judge.

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Opponents: Regina Cahan and Les Ponomarchuk
Questionnaire response: For King County Bar Association
For King County Democrats
For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

King County
Bar Association
Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association * Well Qualified Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Good Very Good Very Good
GLBT Bar Association
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified

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Finance report:

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Jean Bouffard 08/13/2008 $18,919.00 $12,711.36
Regina Cahan 08/13/2008 $47,578.49 $43,794.55
Les Ponomarchuk 08/13/2008 $51,626.86 $49,385.34
, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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