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Regina Cahan


King County Superior Court

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Regina Cahan

Current Occupation/Employer: Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

Education: Juris Doctorate and Masters degree in Social Work, University of Wisconsin

Legal/Judicial Experience: Currently Judge Pro Tem. Nineteen years courtroom experience in King County Superior Court. A respected senior prosecutor, Regina consistently earned convictions prosecuting the most serious felonies, murders and sex crimes. As a civil litigator, she defended civil rights and fought successfully for plaintiffs and defendants in labor and employment disputes.

Family: Happily married with two children, both in public school.

Significant Career Experience: Over 100 trials; achieved landmark State Supreme Court rulings on both the use of DNA evidence and sex offender registration. See for more.

Candidate Statement: I am proud to have received the highest rating, “Exceptionally Well Qualified,” from the King County Bar, Washington Women Lawyers, Joint Asian Bar, and Q-law.

I volunteer my services for the Northwest Women’s Law Center, Anti-Defamation League, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, and have counseled sexual assault and domestic violence survivors.

I look forward to continuing my years of public service and applying my criminal and civil law experience by serving on our Superior Court.

Distinguished from my opponents by my diverse experience and bipartisan support:

Organizations: King County Police Guild, Firefighters, King County Labor Council, Women’s Political Caucus;

Community Leaders: Governor Gary Locke, Mayor Greg Nickels, County Executive Ron Sims, Judy Maleng, Mike McKay;

Over 40 Judges: including State Supreme Court Justices Bobbe Bridge, Mary Fairhurst, Susan Owens, Faith Ireland, Charles Z. Smith, Debra Stephens, Phil Talmadge, Robert Utter;

State Legislators: Mary Lou Dickerson, Bob Hasegawa, Zack Hudgins, Fred Jarrett, Claudia Kauffman, Phyllis Kenney, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Al O’Brien, Jamie Pedersen, Eric Pettigrew, Margarita Prentice, Jay Rodne, Shay Schual Berke, Helen Sommers, Rodney Tom, Brian Weinstein;

Council Members: Tim Burgess, Richard Conlin, Jan Drago, Regan Dunn, Larry Gossett, Bruce Harrell, Kathy Lambert, Julia Patterson, Larry Phillips, Tom Rasmussen.

Official web site:  
Opponents: Jean Bouffard and Les Ponomarchuk
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):

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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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