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Deborra Garrett


Whatcom County Superior Court

Department 2

Deborra GarrettLegal/Judicial Experience: Whatcom County Superior Court: 30 years of experience in business, family, civil, and criminal law; represented abused children and other crime victims; served as judge pro tem and arbitrator. Successfully argued appeals in Washington Court of Appeals, Washington Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court.

Other Professional Experience: President, Whatcom County Bar Association; Disciplinary case hearing officer, Washington State Bar Association.

Education: Graduate of Pennsylvania State University and George Washington University School of Law.

Community Service: Coach, Meridian High School mock trial team (2001–present); pro bono (volunteer) attorney, Womencare Shelter (1980–present) and YWCA; Board of Directors: St. Francis Foundation, Law Advocates (volunteer attorney program), Pickford Film Center.

Candidate statement: Most Superior Court cases involve families, businesses, real estate, employment, and injuries to people. Deborra has practiced in all these areas of law, and she is committed to the rights and liberties of all members of our community.

Deborra was awarded the Washington State Bar Association’s “Local Hero” award for protecting the privacy rights of Whatcom County library patrons and “Pro Bono” award for outstanding work as a volunteer attorney. She successfully represented Mothers Against Drunk Driving in a case before the Washington Supreme Court. Deborra has been rated consistently at “the highest level of professional excellence” and is respected by her colleagues and clients for her legal skills, hard work, and common sense.

Deborra’s dedication to our community shows in her far-reaching community service. In addition to her volunteer work with teens and nonprofits, she has served for 25 years with Law Advocates, 8 years on the Bellingham Planning Commission, 3 years on the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, and on many local and state judicial committees.

Hundreds of local citizens have endorsed Deborra including judges, mayors, state legislators, city and county council members, small business owners, attorneys, and your friends and neighbors. For more information, visit

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Opponents: Carrie Coppinger Carter, 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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