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Randall Gaylord


San Juan County Superior Court

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Randall Gaylord

Current Occupation/Employer: SJC Elected Prosecuting Attorney/Coroner

Education: University of Utah Law School, Utah State University, B.S. in Environmental Studies, Colgate University

Legal/Judicial Experience: 23 years private practice and public lawyer, 14 years as prosecuting attorney/coroner, 1 year judicial law clerk at Supreme Court of Utah, Judge Pro Tem, Hearing Examiner Pro Tem, Adjunct Professor

Family: 27 years ago married Marny, a public school teacher on Orcas. Two children now attend college. 4th oldest of 10 children.

Significant Career Experience: Started the victim services program; the jet ski case; the mom on the family phone case; many land use cases; child support; teach ethics and more...

Candidate Statement: In this historic election, you decide who will be our judge. For the past 14 years, Randy Gaylord has become known for his independence and fairness. Randy has developed a work ethic that is trusted, compassionate and impartial. As judge, Randy will listen carefully to the facts, make principled and prompt decisions, free from special interests.

In the face of unpopular or divisive problems, Randy has followed the law, explained legal and public policy issues in a no-nonsense fashion, and made decisions that stand the test of time. Examples of Randy's leadership include: winning the case outlawing jet skis, going to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of tanker regulations, land use cases, killer whale protection, implementing charter reform, establishing services for crime victims, and teaching ethics to other lawyers.

Randy will modernize our courtroom technology and explore how to bring the courts to Orcas and Lopez. Randy received the highest rating of "exceptionally well qualified" from Washington Women Lawyers and three other bar associations. To assure impartiality and independence, Randy is not accepting endorsements from practicing attorneys and judges. If you value a strong ethical foundation and protection of our community, vote for Gaylord.

Official web site:  
Opponent: John Linde
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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