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Susan Mahoney


King County District Court

Southwest Division, Position Two

Susan Mahoney

Occupation: Assistant City Attorney, City of Des Moines

Education: B.A. University of Washington and J.D. Seattle University School of Law

Statement: The King County Bar Association rates Susan Mahoney Exceptionally Well Qualified for the District Court bench -- its HIGHEST rating. Mahoney offers proven courtroom experience having handled thousands of cases in her career as a Judge Pro Tem, King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, municipal prosecutor, and attorney in private practice.

Her opponent recently received the LOWEST performance rating of all District Court judges in King County and has been sanctioned twice by the Judicial Conduct Commission for treating courtroom participants in a rude and humiliating manner.

In contrast, Susan Mahoney has earned a reputation as being tough but fair-minded with solid integrity and focused on reaching a just result -- treating everyone with graciousness, patience and respect in the process.

Susan Mahoney is the change we need and deserve.

ENDORSED BY: King County Police Officers Guild; Citizens for Judicial Excellence; King County Councilmember Julia Patterson; State Senator Karen Keiser; State Representatives Sharon Nelson and Dave Upthegrove; Des Moines Mayor Sheckler and Councilmembers Scott, Sherman, Musser, and White (former); Milton Mayor Katrina Asay; Federal Way Councilmember Jim Ferrell; Des Moines Police Commander John O'Leary; Milton Police Chief William Rhoads; local judges, prosecutors, attorneys and victim advocates. See complete list at

Official web site:  
Opponent: Judith Eiler
Questionnaire responses: For King County Democrats

Candidate ratings:

King County Bar Association Not Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Municipal League of King County Adequate Outstanding
Washington Women Lawyers * Exceptionally
Well Qualified

Important note! Each of these organizations uses its own standards and rating terms when evaluating candidates; please check their pages for further information. We do not have ratings for candidates with an asterisk (*), and the reasons vary. Some evaluations may still be in process, or we might not have received them yet; some candidates may not have been offered an opportunity to participate, or they may have declined to participate.


Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Federal Way Mirror  


Finance report:

Judith Eiler 10/18/2010 $2,859.40 $3,261.24
Susan Mahoney 10/18/2010 $26,335.68
Personal Funds $250.00

Media stories:
    August 18, 2010
TIME Magazine   [Column] A Real-Life Judge Judy Gets Smacked Down
    August 5, 2010
Seattle P-I   King County judge suspended for rudeness, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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