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Gary Ernsdorff


King County Superior Court

Department 46

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Gary ErnsdorffLegal/Judicial Experience: 20 years trial experience as a Public Defender and Prosecutor. Currently: Senior Deputy Prosecutor, King County. Personally litigated nearly 100 jury trials, supervised thousands more including domestic violence, sexual assault, and homicide. Supervised Violent Crimes, Domestic Violence, and Juvenile units. Expertise in complex evidence.

Other Professional Experience: Adjunct instructor: UW Law School, National Advocacy Center. Research Engineer: Hewlett Packard, Sundstrand Corporation.

Education: Law Degree, University of Washington 1992; B.S. Engineering, Washington State University 1986

Community Service: Director for Domestic Abuse Women’s Network past six years, advocating for women and families, and providing vital services to abuse survivors. Volunteer instructor for domestic violence education throughout King County.

Statement: Experience in the courtroom is critical for a judicial candidate. My goal is to use my diverse experience gained from 20 years working in King County Superior Court, both as a Public Defender and Prosecutor, to maximize our public resources, achieve justice for our citizens and ensure equal access to our courts.

My comprehensive understanding of the law, balanced perspective, and genuine respect for all sides is why incumbent Judge Suzanne Barnett, Position 46, is endorsing me as the candidate for her position.

I am honored that 22 additional Superior Court judges endorse my candidacy along with Mayor Mike McGinn, City Attorney Peter Holmes, Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Representative Chris Hurst, Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest and many more community leaders. Also endorsed by The King County Police Officer’s Guild, and the Police Guilds of Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Kent, Normandy Park, and Federal Way.

Growing up in the Seattle area, I deeply appreciate our community's history and diversity. If I am elected as Superior Court judge, I will work tirelessly to ensure the legal rights and personal dignity of all who appear in my courtroom are equally protected. Gary and his wife, Kaia, have two young sons, ages 5 and 9.

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Opponent: Judy Ramseyer
Questionnaire responses: For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Well Qualified Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Outstanding Outstanding
Q-Law: The GLBT
Bar Association of Washington
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Seattle Metropolitan
Elections Committee
Women Lawyers
* Highly

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Seattle Times  
The Stranger  


Finance report:

Gary Ernsdorff 8/3/2012 $34,872.00
Personal Funds $10,000.00
Loans $3,000.00
Judy Ramseyer 8/3/2012 $47,641.81
Loans $4,000.00

 , P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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