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Ed Holm


Thurston County Superior Court

Position Seven

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Ed Holm

Education: Graduate of University of Arizona LLB/JD and BA from Washington State University.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Admitted to Washington State Bar Association in 1966. Spokane County Chief Criminal Deputy from 1966-69, Assistant Attorney General Torts Division, 1969-73; practiced law in Olympia, 1973-98; elected Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney in 1999.

Family: Married to Margaret C. Holm, J.D.; five children, Liet (35), Eric (34), Matt (18), Catherine (18), Christopher (16).

Significant Career Experience: Washington State Bar Association committees of Board of Governors, Disciplinary, Court Congestion and Delay, Judicial Recommendation, Blue Ribbon Panel on Criminal Defense, Public Defense, and Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Candidate Statement: An independent judiciary is necessary for justice. Since 1969, I have practiced civil and criminal law as a trial lawyer in Olympia and as Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney during the last ten years. I have volunteered to improve the justice system through service on Washington State Bar Association committees as shown in my biography. My profession and volunteer activities have always emphasized reform in the court system. A modern, efficient justice system is the key to the entire community having confidence in its institutions, especially the courts.

Judges must administer and advocate for changes that encourage prevention of criminal behavior. Judges must set the tenor that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the justice system. They should encourage specialty courts such as Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Youth, Drug and other courts, along with a justice center, work release centers, and other sentencing alternatives. New technology such as GPS, computers and video in courtrooms should be encouraged. Justice is achieved by cooperating with the many volunteer organizations in this county. Thurston County needs another judge who is committed to progressive change. My legal experience, attitude and proven dedication will be the difference to accelerate reform.

Official web site:  
Opponents: Gary Tabor
Candidate ratings:

Thurston County
Bar Association
(Membership Poll)
34 Members 125 Members


Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

The Olympian  

Finance report:

Gary Tabor 08/13/2008 $9,745.13 $8,182.07

Media stories:
    August 14, 2008
The Olympian   Campaign trail -- Aug. 14
    August 12, 2008
The Olympian   Rare for prosecutor to vie for judgeship
    August 8, 2008
The Olympian   PAC pumps money into judicial race
    August 1, 2007
The Olympian   More detail on that Thurston County bar poll
    June 13
The Olympian   Justice Stephens’ opponent drops out; more drop out in other races
    June 12
The Olympian   Holm faces party scrutiny
The Olympian   Six Thurston judges 're-elected' without going on ballot
    June 7, 2008
The Olympian   County prosecutor Holm files for judge post, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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