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Roger Davidheiser


King County Superior Court

Department 25

Roger DavidheiserLegal/Judicial Experience: Rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified,” King County Bar Association; Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County, Specializing in Organized Crime, Public Corruption and Homicide cases; 21 years as a public prosecutor taking on most of the area’s high profile murders and Organized Crime Groups; Special Assistant United States Attorney; Founding Member Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.

Other Professional Experience: Formerly with Riddell, Williams (civil litigation); Saul, Ewing (municipal and school district/finance law, civil litigation)

Education: New York University School of Law (Juris Doctor), Temple University (BA Summa Cum Laude), Boston University

Community Service: Youth Athletics, Farming on Vashon Island, King County Bar Foundation, bicycle commuter

Statement: Roger Davidheiser is rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the King County Bar Association, the highest rating in this race. Having tried 100+ jury trials, and a prior practice in civil law, Roger is the only candidate with the extensive courtroom experience needed. From getting recent convictions against organized crime to founding King County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit, Roger has put Seattle’s most dangerous criminals behind bars, landing him on national TV (CBS News 48 Hours, Forensic Files).

From a homeless man beaten to death to a prostitute beaten near death, Roger cares about us and champions the rights of all who otherwise have little hope of obtaining justice. Highly respected and committed to justice for all, Roger will bring these values to the court room.

Roger commutes by bicycle from his farm on Vashon Island. A recent widower, Roger has two sons in college.

Roger is endorsed by Judy Maleng, Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez, Superior Court Judge Mary Yu, State Senators Sharon Nelson and David Frockt, Seattle Council members Sally Bagshaw and Tim Burgess, U.S. Attorney Mike McKay, ret., Martin Luther King Labor Council, King County Police Officers Guild, and defense attorneys against whom Roger has worked as a Prosecutor.

Campaign Web Site: | Facebook  
Opponents: Elizabeth Berns, Eric Schmidt
Questionnaire responses: For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society Well Qualified * *
Joint Asian

Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Not Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Ass'n
of Washington
Qualified Well Qualified Well Qualified
Loren Miller
Bar Association
* * Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Outstanding Very Good Very Good
Q-Law: the GLBT
Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified * Well Qualified
Seattle Metropolitan
Elections Committee
Highly Recommended * Recommended
Women Lawyers
No Rating Highly Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Seattle Times    
The Stranger    


Finance report:

Elizabeth Berns 8/3/2012 $27,448.20
Personal Funds $5,000.00
Roger Davidheiser 8/3/2012 $45,219.20
Personal Funds $1,810.00
Loans $5,000.00
Eric Schmidt 8/3/2012 $7,818.42
Personal Funds $1,000.00
Loans $5,000.00

Media stories:
    July 24, 2012
The Stranger   Not Qualified
    July 19, 2012
Seattle Times   King County judicial ratings raise more questions, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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