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Barbara Mack


King County Superior Court

Position 37

Barbara Mack

Current Occupation/Employer: Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County

Education: Graduate of University of Washington Law School, 1986. B.A. Boston University

Legal/Judicial Experience: 22 years prosecuting all kinds of crimes, including sex crimes, domestic violence, murder; more than 10 years in the Fraud Division litigating complex civil forfeitures, complex economic and other crimes; lead prosecutor in Drug Diversion Court.

Family: Mother of a teenager who attends Ballard High School.

Significant Career Experience: Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior, Carter Administration. Co-founded national Environmental Policy Center, 1972. Teaching: seminars at J.F.K. Institute of Politics, Harvard; classes on law and ethics for lawyers and police.

Candidate Statement: Rated “well qualified” by the King County Bar Association, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Barbara Mack is a tireless advocate for justice and dedicated public servant. She has prosecuted nearly every type of crime, compassionately advocating for victims and achieving fair sentences. She has the real world experience we need in our Superior Court.

As lead prosecutor in Drug Diversion Court, Barbara works to reduce crime and its costs to taxpayers, and helps offenders become contributing members of society. She has a reputation in the courts for hard work, strong intellect, fairness, and good humor.

Prior to her courtroom work, Barbara co-founded a national environmental organization and served as Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior.

A deeply involved community volunteer, she chairs the Board of Directors of Children’s Trust Foundation.

Barbara says: “I will honor your vote by being a fair and ethical judge. I promise to improve our justice system, protect our communities, and ensure equal access to justice.”

Endorsements: Seattle Police Officers Guild, County Executive Ron Sims, Judy Maleng, Mike McKay, and dozens of State Senators, Representatives, judges, and citizens throughout King County. For more, see

Official web site:  
Opponent: Nic Corning and Jean Rietschel
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For King County Democrats
For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

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

Nic Corning 08/13/2008 $36,724.63 $32,947.26
Barbara Mack 08/13/2008 $30,650.51 $28,124.88
Jean Rietschel 08/13/2008 $46,270.00 $31,449.55
, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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