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Gary Tabor


Thurston County Superior Court

Position Seven

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Gary TaborCurrent Occupation/Employer: Judge, Thurston County Superior Court, Position 7.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Admitted to Washington Bar 1978. Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney 18 ˝ years [1978-1996]. Thurston County Superior Court Judge 11 ˝ years [1996 – Present].

Significant Career Experience: USAF Officer [1969-1975], Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor, 12 years. Adjunct Professor, Constitutional and Criminal Law, Saint Martin’s College, 12 years. Presiding Judge, Thurston County Superior Court Board of Judges, two 2-year terms.

Education: BS in Education, Oklahoma Christian College, 1968. JD, University of Puget Sound, 1977.

Family: Married 39 years to Donna Tabor, four adult daughters: Amy, Alison, Anna & Aleah and one grandson, Raef.

Candidate Statement: Judge Gary R. Tabor has served on the Bench since November, 1996. During the last 12 years, he has handled a wide variety of civil, criminal and domestic matters. He is known for his integrity and fairness. He consistently prepares for cases by reading and researching before he hears oral arguments. He treats litigants, witnesses, and attorneys with dignity and respect, yet he expects persons who appear before him to be prepared and on time. Judge Tabor has a strong work ethic and regularly arrives early and stays late.

Judge Tabor has twice been selected by the other Judges to serve as the Administrative Judge for two-year terms. He played a significant role in securing an additional Judge position beginning in 2007. Judge Tabor has been the back-up Drug Court Judge for the last 4 years and regularly handles Drug Court sessions. He has been selected by his fellow Judges to serve as the Drug Court Presiding Judge beginning in 2009.

Please join Chief Justice Gerry Alexander and Justice Susan Owens of the Washington Supreme Court, the other seven Thurston Superior Court Judges and two sitting District Court Judges in voting to re-elect Judge Tabor August 19th.

Official web site:  
Opponents: Ed Holm
Candidate ratings:

Thurston County
Bar Association
(Membership Poll)
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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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