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Carol Murphy


Thurston County Superior Court

Position Three

Carol Murphy

Current Occupation/Employer: Senior Counsel, Office of the Attorney General

Education: University of Washington, BA Business Administration; Golden Gate University, JD.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Seventeen years as a local trial and appellate attorney handling complex cases at all levels of state and federal courts. Admitted to Washington State Bar Association; U.S. District Court for Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court.

Family: Married to Mike Sellars. Mother of two children and three step-children.

Significant Career Experience: Served as lead Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Corrections; currently serve as Deputy Solicitor General; argued multiple cases before the Washington Supreme Court.

Candidate Statement: We all deserve fair, well-reasoned decisions from our judges. In my 17 years as a local attorney, I have developed a strong reputation for being thorough, hard working, and dedicated to public service. I am a common-sense problem solver whose solid work ethic ensures that, as a judge, each case will be justly considered. My commitment to justice will give the citizens of Thurston County a court where they will be heard, respected, and valued.

I am experienced in a broad variety of legal disputes, including criminal, administrative, constitutional, personal injury, and family law. My trial and appellate experience is diverse. I have successfully handled cases in all levels of state and federal courts, including numerous appearances before the Washington Supreme Court.

I am dedicated to our community, having served on the boards of the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Clinic, the local bar association, and Washington Women Lawyers. I am also active in my church and my children’s school.

Most importantly, I am respectful of the law, individual rights and community safety. I am proud to be supported by neighbors, community leaders, judges, the Governor and the Attorney General. I would be honored to have your vote.

Official web site:  
Opponent: Charles Williams
Candidate ratings:

Thurston County
Bar Association
(Membership Poll)
106 Members 54 Members


Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

The Olympian  

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.)

Carol Murphy 08/13/2008 $29,021.76 $23,722.02
Charles Williams 08/13/2008 $47,744.62 $38,186.28

Media stories:
    August 12, 2008
The Olympian   Judicial candidates argue over qualifications, experience
    August 1, 2008
The Olympian   More detail on that Thurston County bar poll
    July 15, 2008
The Olympian   Campaign Trail
    June 13, 2008
The Olympian   Justice Stephens’ opponent drops out; more drop out in other races
    June 12, 2008
The Olympian   Six Thurston judges 're-elected' without going on ballot, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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