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Chuck Snyder


Whatcom County Superior Court

Position Three

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Chuck Snyder

Current Occupation/Employer: Superior Court Judge, Department 3

Education: Graduate University of Idaho School of Law 1979, BA in History from University of Colorado, 1975

Legal/Judicial Experience: Admitted to Washington Bar 1979, practiced law in Bellingham 1980 - 1989, Whatcom County Hearing Examiner 1986 - 1989, Superior Court Commissioner 1989 - 2005, Elected to Superior Court 2004

Family: Married to Johanna Snyder for 32 years

Significant Career Experience: Chaired Superior Court Judges Association Family and Juvenile Law Committee 2005 – 2007, currently co-chair of Legislative Committee, Presiding Judge Whatcom County Superior Court since 2007

Candidate Statement: Chuck Snyder was elected Whatcom County Superior Court Judge in 2004.

Judge Snyder’s accomplishments include:

Currently Presiding Judge for Whatcom County Superior Court.

Created and continues to oversee Whatcom County Teen Court, a program where high school students decide the punishment for minor offenders. It is less costly than formal prosecution and reduces recidivism. For this work, Snyder won the Nevins Award from the Washington Judges Foundation.

Facilitates YMCA Mock Trial Competition. 2008 Meridian Team invited to National Mock Trial Competition.

Presides over Drug Court, an intensive program providing drug treatment, education, and vocational support allowing persons to break the cycle of addiction and crime, reducing public expense.

Recently brought Court Appointed Special Advocate program to Whatcom County providing trained volunteer guardians ad litem for dependent children utilizing State funding, thus negating additional county fund expenditure.

Helped create and publish a manual for Whatcom County cases involving domestic violence and child maltreatment.

Assisted in creating methods to streamline domestic relations cases, including mediation and settlement conferences, relieving stress on families by reducing divorce trials by over 40%.

Serves on community boards: Whatcom Museum Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington, Sun Community Services; active member of Bellingham Rotary Club.

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Opponent: Douglas Shepherd
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Finance report:

Douglas Shepherd 08/13/2008 $39,775.24 $17,445.89
Chuck Snyder 08/13/2008 $31,141.50 $28,915.41

Media stories:
    August 19, 2008
Bellingham Herald   Snyder keeps Whatcom County Superior Court judge seat
    July 25, 2008
Bellingham Herald   Superior Court candidates vie at forum
    July 13, 2008
Bellingham Herald   Two vie for Superior Court judge seat, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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