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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.

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Opponents: Salvador Mendoza and Bruce Spanner
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Finance report:

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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, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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