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Robert Harris


Clark County Superior Court

Position Five

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Robert Harris Current Occupation/Employer: Clark County Superior Court Judge since 1979 Legal/Judicial

Experience: Admitted to WA Bar Association in 1958. Washington State Supreme Court law clerk. Clark County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.

Significant career experience: Presided over hundreds of jury trials, including many murder trials and other high profile cases. 1997-2007, served as Clark County presiding judge and responsible for court operations. Numerous statewide task forces on issues ranging from trial court funding to improving courts and increase in jury pay.

Education: Law degree from University of Washington, BA from Washington State College.

Family: Married for 47 years to Mary Jo, three children and three grandchildren.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I am asking for your vote so that I may continue to put my experience and leadership to work for the residents of Clark County. During my 29 years as a judge, I have heard hundreds of jury trials and helped develop innovative programs that have received national recognition and are models for other superior courts. I have been a state leader in improving the quality and funding for courts to increase community safety and better serve the needs of our citizens. I am closely involved in a series of projects that will be completed during the next year that are vital to our community. Your vote for me insures consistency and continuity for these projects which include the new Family Law Annex, which requires coordinating the courts in three buildings; phasing a new judge into the trial schedule; selecting a new director for our nationally recognized juvenile court; and expanding the county’s three drug courts to meet local needs using the sales tax dedicated for drug treatment. As a long-time resident of Clark County, I believe deeply in the safety and prosperity of our community. With your support, I will continue to bring leadership and experience to our courts.

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Opponent: David Evans
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Vancouver Columbian  

New Page 1 Finance report:

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David Evans 08/13/2008 $17,684.79 $16,446.79
Robert Harris 08/13/2008 $21,008.65 $17,904.50

Media stories:
    August 17, 2008
Vancouver Columbian   County awaits ballots on Election Day’s eve
    August 7, 2008
Vancouver Columbian   Judicial candidate underreported income in divorce
    July 31, 2008
Vancouver Columbian   Newcomer runs against long-serving judge
    July 21, 2008
Vancouver Columbian   In Our View: Harris and Wulle endorsed
    June 7, 2008
Vancouver Columbian   Nine judges file for re-election; Wulle, Harris will be opposed, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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