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John Linde


San Juan County Superior Court

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Current Occupation/Employer: Superior Court Judge / San Juan County

Education: Washington Judicial College. Willamette Law School. B.A. in Business Administration, University of Washington.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Admitted to Washington Bar in 1972. San Juan County District Court Judge for 21 years. Admitted to Oregon Bar 2002. Superior Court Commissioner and Judge Pro Tem. Appointed San Juan County Superior Court Judge by Governor Gregoire 1/1/08. 35 years general practice. Extensive civil and criminal trial experience.

Family: Married 36 years to Carol Linde, adult children Brian and Kristen

Significant Career Experience: Elected District Court Judge 5 times. Appointed Superior Court Judge 1/1/08.

Candidate Statement: I was appointed by Governor Gregoire as our Countyís first Superior Court Judge on January 1, 2008, and made a commitment to serve the community I love in that capacity.

In 1972 I began private practice in San Juan County and subsequently served as District Court Judge for 21 years (elected 5 times). I have extensive trial experience as an attorney, and as a judge I have presided over approximately 100 jury trials.

I am honored to be endorsed by Judges Hancock and Churchill who have so admirably served our County, and have the support of trial and appellate court judges throughout the state.

I am rated Exceptionally Well Qualified by Washington Women Lawyers, Tacoma Pierce County Minority Bar, and the Asian, Korean American, South Asian and Vietnamese Bar Associations; and Well Qualified by Latina/o Bar, QLAW, and Loren Miller Bar.

I care deeply about young people in our community and can make a difference in their lives working with Juvenile Court Services and as Judge in Juvenile Court.

My qualifications are unique and unparalleled. I have the legal and judicial experience, and the commitment required to continue as your Superior Court Judge.

Official web site:  
Opponent: Randall Gaylord
Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association Well Qualified Extremely
Well Qualified
GLBT Bar Association of Washington
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified

Important note! Each of these organizations uses its own standards and rating terms when evaluating candidates; please check their pages for further information. Candidates with an asterisk (*) were not rated, and the reasons vary. Some evaluations may still be in process; 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.

Finance report:

Randall Gaylord 08/13/2008 $18,910.00 $21,431.85
John Linde 08/13/2008 $17,618.00 $13,932.56

Media stories:
    August 6, 2008
San Juan Journal   Gaylord, Linde didnít list sanctions on questionnaire for candidates
    August 1, 2008
San Juan Journal   Judge candidates talk about the issues; next forum Saturday
    July 22, 2008
Islands Weekly   League of Women Voters election forum on Aug. 2
    July 18, 2008
San Juan Journal   Candidate Q&A: San Juan County Superior Court Judge
    July 15, 2008
Island Guardian   Candidates for Judge sign pledge
    June 18, 2008
San Juan Journal   [Editorial] San Juans, state blessed with choices in '08
    June 11, 2008
Islands Sounder   Gaylord seeks Judgeship in historic first election
    February 11, 2008
Island Guardian   A historical day, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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