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Linda Tompkins


Spokane County Superior Court

Position Ten

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Linda Tompkins

Current Occupation/Employer: Superior Court Judge

Education: J.D. Gonzaga Law School; B.S. Political Science, University of Idaho

Legal/Judicial Experience: Admitted to Washington State Bar Association 1984; Law Clerk Court of Appeals 1984-87; Associate/Principal Attorney Lukins & Annis 1987-97; Superior Court Judge appointed 1997, elected 1998, 2000, 2004.

Family: Married to Tony Tompkins, two daughters Rachel and Sarah.

Significant Career Experience: Currently Adult Felony Drug Court Judge; Served as Presiding Judge and Chief Family Law Judge; Faculty Washington State Judicial College; Prior to taking the bench, Washington State Transportation Commission Chair; Central Valley School Board President; Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce President.

Candidate Statement: Iíve been honored to serve as one of your Spokane County Superior Court Judges since 1997. This position requires an abiding respect for the rule of law and those who come before our courts.

My current work as Adult Felony Drug Court Judge involves tough expectations, but often the return of drug-addicted felons to the health and safety of their families, jobs and education, and away from the revolving door of crime.

My legal practice spanned diverse areas of the law: representing employers and employees, plaintiff and defense personal injury litigation, education, collective bargaining, municipal and family law. I had the privilege of representing one of our largest and most successful civic districts and did pro bono work for parents defending state agency overpayment claims.

As a judge, Iíve held leadership positions making sure courts are accessible physically and technically to all our citizens, promoting fair legal employment opportunities, ensuring civil rules are consistent with the law, and helping keep the justice system fair in the areas of domestic violence and substance abuse crimes.

I was raised to value public service and that remains my personal commitment. Please visit Thank you for your vote.

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Opponent: David Stevens
Documents: Spokane County Bar Association Biography

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Finance report:

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David Stevens 08/13/2008 $5,350.00 $3,945.07
Linda Tompkins 08/13/2008 $37,454.40 $35,145.33

Media stories:
    July 31, 2008
Spokesman-Review   Judicial poll gives high marks to Vovos, Tompkins
    July 18, 2008
Spokesman-Review   Superior, appeals court judgeships on line in vote
    April 22, 2008
Spokesman-Review   Judgeship races start to take shape
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