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Laura Gene Middaugh


King County Superior Court

Position 26

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Laura Gene MiddaughCurrent Occupation/Employer: Judge Middaugh has been a Superior Court Judge since elected in 2000, and has served a term as a Trustee of the Superior Court Judges Association.

Legal/Judicial Experience: After 17 years as an attorney and partner in a South King County firm, she was a Superior Court Commissioner.

Significant Career Experience: In 1995, she and a law partner represented two Seattle artists, Alden Mason and Michael Spafford, whose work had been removed by the State Legislature from the Capitol Building.

Education: Judge Middaugh is a 1983 graduate of the Seattle University Law School. Previously, she had been a Registered Nurse for 10 years.

Family: She has been married since 1989 to State Senator Adam Kline.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Eight years of experience as a Judge on the Superior Court, and a total of 25 years as a lawyer and judge have made Laura Gene Middaugh an experienced and respected jurist. One of the hallmarks of a good judge is the ability to separate fact from fiction. This takes more than legal training; it takes life experience. As an experienced judge, lawyer, and before that as a nurse for ten years, Laura Gene Middaugh has come to understand the lives of the people who appear in her courtroom. A graduate of Seattle University School of Law, where she worked her way through as the nurse in charge of the Intensive care Unit at a Seattle hospital, she worked as an associate and then partner at a Seattle firm.

In her first year on the bench, Judge Middaugh was chosen by the Presiding Judge to represent the King County Judges in the statewide judicial organization. She has presided over trial in civil, criminal, and family matters. She has chaired and worked on several judicial committees that make the judicial process easier to navigate for those not represented by counsel.

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Opponent: Matthew Hale
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For Municipal League of King County

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Matthew Hale 08/13/2008 $13,188.56 $10,169.88
Laura Gene Middaugh 08/13/2008 $37,854.68 $28,996.04
, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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