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Robert Kelly


Washington Court of Appeals

Division One, District One

This race will be decided in the primary election.

Robert KellyCurrent Occupation/Employer: Lawyer, Law Offices of Robert D. Kelly & Associates, 1997 - present.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Admitted to Washington State Bar Association in 1997.

Significant Career Experience: Whitman County Prosecutor's Office, 1995-1997.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Washington Master of Science in Information Systems, Hawaii Pacific University. Juris Doctor, University of Idaho College of Law.

Family:  Robert and his wife have two children.

Candidate Statement: I welcome the opportunity to work hard at the job of judging. If elected, I promise to do my utmost to serve honorably and perform the duties of a judge with due diligence, perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty. I pray I would make decisions with reason, logic and wisdom to help build a better judicial system and government.

I have a profound belief in the validity of the law. The rule of law is perhaps the best invention of the human mind. The resolution of conflicts through judicial proceedings is a fine and noble calling. Judges should uphold the law and implement the law impartially. Judges should be neither activists nor unaware of the need for bringing the quality of humanity to the courtroom.

The law should be generally predictable. The law should be equally applicable to everyone. The law should be just, even-handed, and equitable. Justice is an essential feature of any civilized society. We have been experiencing changes recently, including a difficult economy and the progress of technology. Our circumstances require judges who can stand on the solid ground of statutes and precedents while looking forward to a future for all of us Washingtonians and Americans.

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Opponent: Anne Ellington
Questionnaire response: For King County Bar Association
For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Not Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Municipal League of King County Outstanding Adequate
GLBT Bar Association of Washington
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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Seattle Times  

Finance report:

Anne Ellington 08/18/2009 $43,3688.31
(Loans $2,500.00)
Robert Kelly 08/18/2009 $1,688.28 $1,563.28, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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