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Sean O'Donnell


King County Superior Court

Department 29

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Sean O'DonnellLegal/Judicial Experience: Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Homicide Unit; Special Assistant United States Attorney. Sean is an experienced trial lawyer. He was part of the team that prosecuted Gary Ridgway, the "Green River Killer," and is a recognized leader on cases involving sexual violence against women. Sean has travelled throughout the United States to train police and lawyers on how to investigate and prosecute cases where juveniles are forced into the commercial sex trade.

Other Professional Experience: Adjunct Faculty, Seattle University School of Law; Chief Trainer (human trafficking) National Association of Attorneys General.

Education: BA, Georgetown; JD, Seattle University

Community Service: Children's Response Center; GRCC Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

Statement: On what issue do King County Democrats, King County Republicans, police officers, defense lawyers, and more than 30 judges agree? That Sean O'Donnell should be elected to King County Superior Court. With the most trial experience in this race, Sean will be a fair and impartial decision maker who will never lose sight of the fact that there are real people behind the legal paperwork who deserve to have their voices heard in court. The King County Bar Association has rated Sean "Well Qualified" for Superior Court.

Bi-Partisan endorsements:

Organizations: King County Democrat and Republican Central Committees; Kent, Kirkland, Federal Way and King County Police Officers' Guilds; King County Corrections Guild; King County Labor Council; Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council; SEIU Healthcare 775NW; 10 Democratic Legislative Districts.

Elected & community leaders, including: King County Councilmembers Dunn, McDermott, Gossett, Patterson, Lambert, Hague, von Reichbauer; King County Executive Dow Constantine; State Senators/Representatives: Joe Fain, Cathy Dahlquist; Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Bob Hasegawa, Mary Lou Dickerson, Steve Litzow, Velma Veloria (ret.); Mayors of Bellevue, Kent, Federal Way, Redmond, and Seattle; Seattle City Council members Burgess, Harrell, Bagshaw; Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez, Judge Mary Yu; Mike McKay, Ruth Woo, Albert Shen and Judy Maleng.


Campaign Web Site: | Facebook | Twitter  
Opponents: Hong Tran
Questionnaire responses: For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian

Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified Qualified
King County Bar Association Well Qualified Not Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified *
Municipal League
of King County
Outstanding Very Good
Q-Law: the GLBT
Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified Qualified
Women Lawyers
Qualified 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 from all organizations for all candidates, 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. Again, please check the organizations' pages for further details.


Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Seattle Times  
The Stranger  


Finance report:

Sean O'Donnell 8/3/2012 $59,369.18
Loans $5,000.00
Hong Tran 8/3/2012 $5,599.00
Personal Funds $1,500.00

Media stories:
    July 24, 2012
The Stranger   Not Qualified
    July 23, 2012
Seattle P-I   King County ballots, vtr. pamphet are misleading
    June 29, 2012
Seattle P-I   A bar fight over judidical ratings?
Tacoma News Tribune   King Co. judicial candidate to get new rating
    June 28, 2012
Everett Herald   Candidate's 'not qualified' rating baffles judges, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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