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Matthew Hale


King County Superior Court

Position 26

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

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Candidate Statement: Matthew Hale had to earn his success. When he enrolled in Highline Community College at age 17, Matt already had spent summers working as a laborer and carpenter. Whether he was given a shovel, a hammer or just asked to crawl under a house to repair rotted timbers, he met the task. He learned his union values from his grandfather (SPEEA), father (Carpenter), mother (UFCW), and his brother (IBEW).

Matthew has brought his hard work ethic and passion for justice to his practice of law. He has represented people of all walks of life and small businesses in state and federal courts throughout Washington. His compassion and desire to serve his community have now drawn him to the bench, where his passion for justice, equality and the fair rule of law will serve the people well.

Who would you like to be your judge? Someone like Matthew; who will listen with compassion and fairness; will do the hard work to make sure the rule of law is followed and make sure justice is done? Or someone with different values? We, the People for Matthew R. Hale, choose Matt.

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Opponent: Laura Gene Middaugh
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

King County
Bar Association
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Municipal League
of King County
Not Qualified Good

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Finance report:

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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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