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Douglas Shepherd


Whatcom County Superior Court

Position Three

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Douglas Shepherd

Current Occupation/Employer: Lawyer with Shepherd Abbott Carter, Attorneys at Law.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in History and English from Rocky Mountain College in 1968. Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, in 1979 from Seattle University School of Law.

Legal/Judicial Experience: 28 years of experience as a trial attorney. Admitted to Washington State Bar in 1979. Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Family: Married to Judith Tim Shepherd, one daughter and son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Significant Career Experience: President of Whatcom County Bar Association, Board of Directors for Whatcom County Law Advocates, Board of Directors for Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.

Candidate Statement: As Superior Court Judge, I will respect and value the importance of each individual case; listen to and, more importantly, hear all who appear before me; and work hard to reach a just decision every time.

For more than 28 years, as a trial attorney, I have been privileged to serve and represent a large number of people struggling with very difficult circumstances. From each of them, I have learned the importance of the search for justice. For many, it is the only day in court they will ever have.

A trial judge needs to thoughtfully weigh all matters and issues presented to him or her. A trial judge needs to ensure all who appear in court are heard, understood, and respected. Wisdom comes with understanding and knowledge.

By filing for judge, I represent to you that I have lived long enough, studied hard enough, heard enough, seen enough, and learned enough to provide equal justice to all.

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Opponent: Charles Snyder
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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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