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Jerri Potts

 

Benton & Franklin County
Superior Court

Position One

Jerri Potts

Current Occupation/Employer: Superior Court Commissioner, Benton, Franklin Counties, 2002 to present.

Education: University of Idaho College of Law, J.D. 1991; Eastern Washington University, B.A. 1986.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Superior Court Commissioner, 2002 to present. Private legal practice, Kennewick, 1998-2002. Assistant Attorney General, State of Washington, 1992-1998. Member: Superior Court Judge's Association. Washington State Bar Association. Judicial Representative, Washington State Children's Justice Task Force.

Family: Married to Brent Potts for 38 years, two sons, three grandchildren.

Significant Career Experience: Sixteen years legal experience, including six years as a court commissioner in Benton, Franklin Counties; trial attorney as an Assistant Attorney General and in private practice.

Candidate Statement: For the past six years I have been privileged to serve the citizens of Benton and Franklin Counties as a Superior Court Commissioner. My experience in this position makes me the most qualified candidate to serve as a Superior Court Judge. In presiding over thousands of cases I have had to make difficult decisions in divorce and child custody cases, domestic violence matters, mental commitment hearings, felony drug court cases, civil cases and criminal matters.

I regularly mediate cases that result in settlement, saving the participants and trial courts the time and expense of lengthy trials. I believe in fair proceedings for the accused in order to avoid prolonged appeals and delayed justice for crime victims.

When I began my position as a Superior Court Commissioner I made the commitment to give each case the time, preparation and attention it needed and to hear the voice of each participant in my courtroom. I will maintain that commitment when elected to serve my communities as a Superior Court Judge.


 
Official web site: www.jerripottsforjudge.org  
Opponents: Salvador Mendoza and Bruce Spanner
 
Candidate ratings:

ORGANIZATION SALVADOR
MENDOZA
JERRI POTTS BRUCE
SPANNER
Benton-Franklin
Bar Association
(Member Poll)
Overall average
on 1 to 100 scale:
83.28
Overall average
on 1 to 100 scale:
70.90
Overall average
on 1 to 100 scale:
65.68
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Qualified Well Qualified *
Washington
Women Lawyers
Well Qualified Well Qualified *

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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.)

CANDIDATE REPORT DATE CONTRIBUTIONS EXPENDITURES
Salvador Mendoza 08/13/2008 $73,719.70 $64,847.83
Jerri Potts 08/13/2008 $18,544.93 $16.911.14
Bruce Spanner 08/13/2008 $43,655.36 $42,414.45

 
 
Media stories:
    August 10,2008
Tri-City Herald   Bench candidates make their cases
    August 3, 2008
Tri-City Herald   Bar association weighs in on judicial race
    July 20, 2008
Tri-City Herald   Candidates invited to Benton City debate
    June 7, 2008
Tri-City Herald   Richland attorney files to run against VanderSchoor
    May 7, 2008
Tri-City Herald   Attorney throws hat in ring for judge seat
    May 2, 2008
Tri-City Herald   Kennewick woman enters race for judicial seat
    April 17, 2008
Tri-City Herald   Lawyer announces run for Superior Court race
    April 16, 2008
Tri-City Herald   Video: Mendoza running for judge position
    April 10, 2008
Tri-City Herald   After 22 years on bench, Benton-Franklin Superior Court judge to retire

 
 

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