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Jennifer Forbes

 

Kitsap County Superior Court

Department 7

Jennifer Forbes

Legal/Judicial Experience: Current Kitsap County Judge Pro-Tem (past seven years) including approximately 1,000 hours in Municipal/District Courts, Former Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor (ten years), Private Practice (six years).

Other Professional Experience: President, Kitsap County Bar Association; Specialized training/presenter in: Date Rape Violence, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Drug Recognition, DUI prosecutions.

Education: Whitman College (B.A.), Seattle University Law School (cum laude).

Community Service: Leadership Kitsap, Red Cross (2007 Real Heroes Spirit of Involvement Award and 2008 Exemplary Service Award), Kitsap County P.A.L.S. Mentor, Rotary, Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth, United Way, YMCA, Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Kitsap County Shoreline Master Program Task Force, and Youth Mentor.

Statement: My life has been a journey similar to many but mentioned by few. I grew up poor to the point of being homeless, living out of a car for months after my father died. I never lost sight of what education could mean to me – went to Whitman College, won scholarships, graduated from law school and started giving back to my community.

Rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by local bar associations, I was recently appointed Bremerton Court Commissioner and also preside over Kitsap County Municipal/District Court cases. In the past seven years, I have adjudicated more cases in Kitsap County as a Judge Pro-Tem than all of my opponents put together.

I have endorsements from almost all our local Judges, Kitsap County Labor Council, Firefighters, Troopers, Home Builder’s Association, Police Chiefs’ Association, Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge, Sen. Derek Kilmer, Rep. Jan Angel, Rep. Larry Seaquist, Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and more than 300 other individuals. I am “approved” by local Democratic Party and supported by many local Republicans.

My life has not been easy, but I know how so many other people feel. I live to make access to justice not a program nor a cliché, but a truth.


 
Campaign Web Site: www.forbesforjudge.com | Facebook  
Email: committee@forbesforjudge.com
 
Opponents: Bill Houser, 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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