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George Appel


Snohomish County Superior Court

Position Six

George Appel

Current Occupation/Employer: Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Snohomish County

Education: J.D., University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1992; B.A. in History, Franklin and Marshall College, 1988.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Admitted to CA Bar 1992, WA Bar Association 1993. District Court Supervisor. Handled all types of cases, including domestic violence, sexual assault, juvenile, drugs, property, and violent, in trial and on appeal. Judge pro tem, Snohomish County District Court.

Family: Married 13 years to Dr. Hoa Bui Appel; sons Billy and Tommy, ages 12 and 10.

Significant Career Experience: Serving Snohomish County citizens for over 15 years as deputy prosecutor.

Candidate Statement: THE MOST COURTROOM EXPERIENCE. Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney George Appel has spent the last 15 years providing victims a voice in the courtroom. No other candidate can match George’s practical and invaluable trial experience. George has tried more than 100 cases to jury, more to the bench, many involving our community’s most serious offenders. Recognized by many in law enforcement as a tireless advocate for our most vulnerable citizens, George Appel has dedicated his career to making our community a safer place to live.

REAL JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE. As a district court judge pro tem handling civil cases and small claims, George Appel has demonstrated great compassion for the rights of all parties and a commitment to applying the law firmly and fairly, with common sense and an abiding respect for all who appear before him. George possesses the integrity, temperament, and determined work ethic that citizens deserve and expect from their judges.

A LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY. George Appel is active in his church, serves on the board of YMCA, and mentors youth. He has earned broad endorsement from judges, attorneys, law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, community leaders and more. (425) 343-7505

Official web site:  
Opponents: Jim Johanson and Joseph Wilson
Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation
Well Qualified Qualified *
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Qualified Qualified *
Loren Miller
Bar Association
Well Qualified Qualified *
GLBT Bar Assocation of Washington
Well Qualified Not Qualified *
Snohomish County
Bar Association
(Membership Poll)
407 pts. 304 pts. 375 pts.
Women Lawyers
Well Qualified Unqualified *

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 Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Everett Herald    
Stanwood/Camano News    

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.)

George Appel 08/13/2008 $87,972.38 $82,261.94
Jim Johanson 08/13/2008 $126,149.02 $123,542.85
Joseph Wilson 08/13/2008 $85,976.61 $64,397.10

Media stories:
    August 15, 2008
Everett Herald   Three attorneys jockey to succeed Judge Thorpe
    August 14, 2008
Edmonds Beacon   Trio in tight race for bench
    July 25, 2008
The Enterrpise   Three seek judge's seat on superior court
    July 24, 2008
Everett Herald   Candidate for Snohomish County Superior Court judge gets nod from Washington Women Lawyers
    July 22, 2008
Everett Herald   Snohomish County lawyers rate candidates for Superior Court judge
    July 11, 2008
Everett Herald   Political FYI: Information and ice cream from judicial candidate
    June 26, 2008
Everett Herald   Political FYI: George Appel to talk about run for judge
    May 21, 2008
Everett Herald   Political FYI: Everett lawyer seeks election to bench
    April 30, 3008
Everett Herald   Political FYI: Appel to kick off his campaign
    April 26, 2008
Everett Herald   Political FYI: Edmonds attorney kicks off campaign for judge, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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