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Mariane Spearman


King County Superior Court

Position 53

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Current Occupation: Judge, King County District Court, West Division.

Legal/Judicial Experience: 13 years judicial experience: King County District Court judge (2000 – present) • Juvenile Court Judge in Superior Court (2002-03) • Kirkland Municipal Court judge (1995 -2000). Family law attorney (1992-94); public defender (1985-92).

Significant Career Experience: Former board member of Childhaven • Volunteer judge for King County Kids Court • Coordinator for International District Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

Education: Graduate of University of Washington Law School (1984); Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Rutgers University (1981).

Family: Judge Spearman resides in Seattle with her husband, Michael, and their two children.

Candidate statement: Mariane Spearman has been an outstanding judge for over 13 years. She served as the presiding judge of Kirkland Municipal Court for 5 years and for the last 8 years on the King County District Court. She is actively involved in the administration of the court as the Presiding Judge of the West Division, a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Personnel committee.

Judge Spearman has been rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" for election to this position by: the King County Bar Association • the Joint Asian Evaluation Committee • the Loren Miller Bar Association (African American lawyers) • Q Law the GLBT Bar Association • the Latina/o Bar Association.

Judge Spearman’s supporters include King County Executive Ron Sims, King County Council member Larry Gossett, Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell, Jon Bridge and over 50 judges from the Supreme, Appellate, Superior, District and Municipal Courts. She is also endorsed by the Women’s Political Caucus, the King County Police Officers Guild, the 33rd District Democrats, and AFSCME Local 21.

Judge Spearman has a solid reputation as a hard-working, fair and decisive jurist. She would be honored to have your vote.

Official web site:  
Opponent: Ann Danieli
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For King County Democrats

Candidate ratings:

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

Important note! Each of these organizations uses its own standards and rating terms when evaluating candidates; please check their pages for further information. We do not have ratings for candidates with an asterisk (*), and the reasons vary. Some evaluations may still be in process, or we might not have received them yet; some candidates may not have been offered an opportunity to participate, or they may have declined to participate. Again, please check the organizations' pages for further details.


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.)

Ann Danieli 07/25/2008 $52,209.29 $51,797.76
Mariane Spearman 07/25/2008 $45,396.14 $41,372.67

Media stories:
    August 9, 2008
NW Asian Weekly   Spearman cuts up the stereotypes, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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