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Carrie Coppinger Carter


Whatcom County Superior Court

Department 2

Carrie Coppinger CarterLegal/Judicial Experience: Thirteen years as trial lawyer with extensive civil and commercial experience in Whatcom County Superior Court, including criminal and family law. Judge Pro Tem, Whatcom County District Court, since 2007. State Bar Associationís Disciplinary Board, 2006-09. Admitted to federal, state, and local tribal courts. Judicial Institute Fellow 2012.

Education: Nooksack Valley HS; Whatcom CC, AA; University of Washington, BA/BA with honors; Seattle University School of Law, JD.

Community Service: 2011 NVHS Graduate of Distinction for Outstanding Service to School, Community and Career; 2009 LAW Advocates Volunteer Attorney Award for extraordinary service; volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. Paulís Academy and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Statement: As a judge for the people, I pledge to apply the law as it is written. With experience in criminal and family law and complex property, civil and commercial disputes, Iím respected for being knowledgeable about Superior Courtís proceedings and rules of evidence. As a Leadership Institute Fellow and three-time Rising Star Award recipient with a perfect rating, the legal community has recognized my leadership and skills.

A lifelong Whatcom County resident, I learned the value of hard work by milking cows, driving garbage trucks, picking berries and waitressing to put myself through school. As a business owner, I supervise personnel, ensure quality service and maintain efficient operations on a budget. Supporters include Mayors of Everson, Nooksack, Sumas and Blaine, individual law enforcement, firefighters, business owners, union leaders and pastors.

My diverse experiences as an attorney, mother and volunteer will bring a fresh perspective. I possess the necessary energy for Superior Courtís high workload, plus the depth and breadth of experience most relevant to the job. While Iíd be the first woman to serve as a Whatcom County Superior Court judge, above all Iím the candidate most qualified for the position. Iíd be honored to receive your vote.

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Opponents: Deborra Garrett, David Grant

Finance report:

Coppinger Carter
8/7/2012 $17,826.62
Personal Funds $4,360.00
Loans $5,000.00
Deborra Garrett 8/7/2012 $60,615.16 $44,157.53
David Grant 8/7/2012 $25,670.85
Personal Funds $8,100.00

Media stories:
    July 13, 2012
Bellingham Herald   Candidates for Whatcom County judge talk about experience, but not personal opinions
    May 20, 2012
Bellingham Herald   Political strategist questions lack of women on Whatcom County Suprerior Court bench, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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