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Les Ponomarchuk


King County Superior Court

Position Ten

Les Ponomarchuk

Current Occupation/Employer: King County Superior Court Commissioner and Judge Pro Tem.

Education: Seattle’s Ingraham High School, University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law.

Legal/Judicial Experience: King County Superior Court Commissioner and Judge Pro Tem since 1998. Lead Family Court Commissioner since 2005. Trial attorney in private practice specializing in family law, domestic violence protection, civil and criminal felony and misdemeanor cases.

Family: Son of immigrant parents from Ukraine, one of three children.

Significant Career Experience: In 1998 appointed by King County Superior Court judges to serve as a Superior Court Commissioner. Serving on Washington State Judicial College faculty training newly-appointed and elected judges throughout Washington.

Candidate Statement: Les Ponomarchuk’s 10 years as a King County Superior Court Commissioner have uniquely prepared him for the many challenges faced by our elected judges. As a Superior Court Commissioner, Les is respected for his common sense justice that’s fair and practical.

As a Superior Court Judicial candidate, Les Ponomarchuk has earned the highest rating – “Exceptionally Well Qualified” - by the King County Bar Association. He’s also been endorsed by over 20 current and retired judges, elected officials from both parties, the Seattle Police Management Association (Captains and Lieutenants), the King County Corrections Guild and the King County Court Protection Guild.

A first-generation American, Les is the son of Ukrainian immigrants who first came to the United States because of the Nazi’s devastation of their homeland. As a child, Les developed his strong work ethic early in life working a variety of odd jobs. The lessons he learned about the value of hard work and volunteerism are lessons Les carries with him to this day.

Les Ponomarchuk’s combination of judicial experience, community support, and his proven commitment to justice are exactly the qualities we need in our judges.

On August 19th, please support Les Ponomarchuk for Superior Court #10.

Official web site:  
Opponents: Jean Bouffard and Regina Cahan
Questionnaire responses: 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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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Seattle P-I    
Seattle Times    
The Stranger    

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.)

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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