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David Elofson


Yakima County Superior Court

Position Five

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

David Elofson

Current Occupation/Employer: Attorney, Menke Jackson Beyer Elofson Ehlis & Harper, LLP

Education: Law degree from California Western School of Law; BA in Business from Washington State University Legal/Judicial Experience: Admitted to Washington State Bar in 1986.

Family: Married to Gun Elofson, three children, four grandchildren.

Significant Career Experience: Extensive trial experience, practiced before the Washington State Appellate Courts. Enjoy involvement with local Rotary club and volunteer activities.

Candidate Statement: I have been a resident of Yakima County virtually my entire life. I graduated from Washington State University and received my law degree from California Western School of Law.

I began my career in the Yakima County Prosecutors' Office and have been in private practice for the past 22 years focusing on family and employment law issues, probate, and civil litigation. I am frequently in the courtroom, which has given me tremendous exposure and experience to the legal system.

Additionally, I have served as Judge Pro Tem for Yakima County and have been selected by other attorneys to arbitrate and mediate a variety of cases.

My legal and life experience allows me to be sensitive to the concerns people have with our court system. I understand what the legal system must provide to its citizens. I promise to uphold the integrity and value of our legal system.

Official web site:  
Opponent: Rob Lawrence-Berrey
Candidate ratings:

Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
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Yakima County
Bar Association
(Member Poll)
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Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified

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 Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Yakima Herald  

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.)

David Elofson 08/13/2008 $15,569.79 $11,611.50
Rob Lawrence-Berrey 08/13/2008 $36,814.49 $33,657.39

Media stories:
    August 19, 2008
Yakima Herald   Your vote counts only if you cast it
    August 12, 2008
Yakima Herald   [Opinion] Judicial 'elections' need to to be overhauled
    August 6, 2008
Tri-City Herald   2 Yakima lawyers vie for Superior Court judgeship
    July 30, 2008
Yakima Herald   Lawyers' poll gives slight edge to Elofson in Superior Court judge race
    July 28, 2008
Yakima Herald   Two lawyers vie to bring new vigor to Superior Court
    July 27, 2008
Yakima Herald   [Opinion] After observing RI, electing judges seems like a sound idea
    July 4, 2008
Yakima Herald   Candidate for judge post offers broad experience
    April 19, 2008
Yakima Herald   Yakima attorney to run for vacating judge's post
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