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Bill Houser

 

Kitsap County Superior Court

Department 7

Bill Houser

Legal/Judicial Experience: Trial attorney with Kitsap County Public Defender Division. 28 years experience with over 200 trials in criminal, civil and family cases. Appointed and served six years as a substitute judge in the highest level state trial court, four years as part-time juvenile court referee.

Other Professional Experience: Uniform Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, Washington State Bar Civil Rights Committee, professional legislative committees; conference speaker; elected to Bar House of Delegates, county Bar president.

Education: Willamette University, B.S (1980) and J.D (1983).

Community Service: Volunteered on youth camp, hospital, church and community foundation boards; participated in service clubs; mentored high school mock trial students and coached youth sports.

Statement: As a trial attorney, Bill Houser works daily in the Kitsap County Superior Court. Chad Enright, Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Guild President wrote: "No one is in a better position to judge Bill's integrity and commitment to the law than those who face him in court every day. Our Guild members are in that position and we endorse Bill Houser for election to our Superior Court." Bill is endorsed by judges, attorneys, law enforcement, community leaders and residents throughout Kitsap County.

As a part-time judge, Bill presided over civil, criminal and divorce cases; probate and mental commitment hearings. As a juvenile referee, he helped establish innovative programs to manage caseloads and provide education and treatment for juvenile offenders. As your judge, Bill will be committed to finding cutting edge approaches to resolving cases, reduce repeat offenders and lower costs. "I will follow the law, work hard, apply common sense, administer justice fairly and treat everyone with dignity and respect" Bill Houser.

Bill is married to Kitsap County native Brenda Sutton Houser, a registered nurse. He is dad to Sarah and Curtis and enjoys helping with Cub Scouts and sports teams.

Washington Women Lawyers rates Bill Houser "Extremely Well Qualified."


 
Campaign Web Site: www.houserforjudge.com | Facebook  
Email: houserforjudge@gmail.com
 
Opponents: Jennifer Forbes, Karen Klein, Rob MacDermid
 
Kitsap Sun Department 7 Election Guide: Q&A
 
Candidate ratings and poll:

ORGANIZATION JENNIFER
FORBES
BILL
HOUSER
KAREN
KLEIN
ROB
MacDERMID
Cardozo Society Exceptionally
Well Qualified
* Well
Qualified
*
Joint Asian
Judicial

Evaluation Committee
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Well
Qualified
*
Kitsap County Bar Ass'n
Members' Preference Poll
1st Choice: 41
2nd Choice: 41
1st Choice: 52
2nd Choice: 37
1st Choice: 2
2nd Choice: 4
1st Choice: 2
2nd Choice: 5
Latina/o Bar Ass'n
of Washington
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
* Well
Qualified
*
Q-Law: The GLBT
Bar Association

of Washington
Well Qualified Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
*
Washington
Women Lawyers
Extremely
Well Qualified
Extremely
Well 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):

NEWSPAPER JENNIFER
FORBES
BILL
HOUSER
KAREN
KLEIN
ROB
MacDERMID
Kitsap Sun    
North Kitsap
Herald
   

 

Finance report:

CANDIDATE UPDATED CONTRIBUTIONS EXPENDITURES
Jennifer Forbes 8/7/2012 $42,585.02
Personal Funds $25,500.00
Loans $5,000.00
$35,221.15
Bill Houser 8/7/2012 $14,288.34
Personal Funds $4,000.00
Loans $4,700.00
$13,347.75
Karen Klein 8/7/2012 $23,660.20
Personal Funds $7,050.00
Loans $5,000.00
$21,903.31
Rob MacDermid 8/7/2012 $5,102.47
Personal Funds $100.00
Loans $1,500.00
$4,467.74

 
Media stories:
    July 20, 2012
Kitsap Sun   Four vying for Superior Court judge bring wide range of backgrounds
    July 11, 2012
Kitsap Sun   Would-be judges suggest ways to speed up legal process

 
 

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