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Renee Walls


Federal Way Municipal Court

Position Two

Renee WallsOccupation: Prosecuting Attorney and Judge Pro Tempore

Education: Juris Doctor, Lewis and Clark Law School, 1999. B.A. Religious Studies, with Distinction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995.

Candidate Statement:

Confidence in our judicial system is dependent upon the judges we elect. It is time for a fresh start. Renee Walls is the only candidate for this position with nearly a decade of criminal law experience. Renee began her career as a prosecuting attorney protecting the safety of the citizens of Federal Way. As a prosecutor and Judge Pro Tempore, Renee has handled thousands of criminal law cases and has proven herself worthy of our trust and confidence.

Renee is respected, trusted, and endorsed by judges, police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, interpreters, and court clerks. Her experience, integrity, and fairness make her the ideal choice for Municipal Court Judge. Renee will not stand by, but will assure that justice and honor is restored to the Federal Way Municipal Court. Renee Walls has served Federal Way with pride and looks forward to doing so again as our Municipal Court Judge.

Key Endorsements include: State Senator Ed Murray, State Senator Paul Shinn, The Honorable Steven Dwyer, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1.

Official web site:  
Opponent: David Larson
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For Tacoma News Tribune

Candidate ratings:

King County Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Qualified
GLBT Bar Association
* Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

The News Tribune  
Federal Way Mirror  

New Page 1 Finance report:
David Larson 11/02/2009 $33,769.64
(Personal Funds $20,200.00)
(Loans $4,700.00)
Renee Walls 11/02/2009 $18,274.88
(Loans $12,300.00)

Media stories:
    October 14, 2009
Federal Way Mirror   Meet the candidates: Federal Way Municipal Court Judge
    August 19, 2009
Tacoma News Tribune   Federal Way judge, challenger advancing
    August 6, 2009
Tacoma News Tribune   Federal Way to keep court
    July 6, 2009
Federal Way Mirror   [Opinion] Strengthen the court, but don't throw it away
    July 4, 3009
Federal Way Mirror   Judges plead their case for keeping court
    June 30, 2009
Tacoma News Tribune   Federal Way judges plead their case before council
    June 17, 2009
Tacoma News Tribune   Federal Way studies court options
    June 6, 2009
Tacoma News Tribune   Federal Way judges both face opposition
    June 4, 2009
Federal Way Mirror   Former court employee files lawsuit against Federal Way
    June 3, 3009
Tacoma News Tribune   Federal Way court employee seeks damages for firing
    May 25, 2009
Federal Way Mirror   City considers terminating Federal Way Municipal Court
Federal Way Mirror   [Column] Can the Federal Way court objectively investigate itself?
Federal Way Mirror   [Column] Judge Larson responds to FW court scenario
    May 3, 2009
Tacoma News Tribune   Investigation by Federal Way judge finds threat allegations 'puzzling'
    February 22, 2009
Tacoma News Tribune   [Column] Truth must prevail in investigation of Federal Way judge
    March 28, 2008
Federal Way Mirror   [Editorial] New judge can help restore order in the court
    March 25, 2005
Federal Way Mirror   Council sending city's judge to polls
    February 16, 2005
Federal Way Mirror   City judge may be elected
    June 25, 2004
Federal Way Mirror   Municipal court judge could become elected, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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