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Jerry Costello


Pierce County Superior Court

Department 7

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Jerry Costello

Legal/Judicial Experience: Judge pro-tem, District Court, criminal and civil cases.

Other Professional Experience: 23 years Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor: Chief Criminal Deputy, Chief Administrative Deputy, Lead Attorney for homicide cases. Special Assistant US Attorney. Trial attorney for complex civil cases, 1987-1989. Lieutenant, United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1983-1987. Faculty, National Advocacy Center, 2000-2010.

Education: JD, Magna Cum Laude, ranked 3 of 218, California Western School of Law, 1983.

Community Service: Soccer referee for youth and Special Olympics. Safe Streets board member. Minority Bar Association Youth and Law Forum. Juvenile Offenders Diversion Committee. Pierce County Law and Justice Commission. Student Mock Trial Judge.

Statement: Jerry Costello is our best choice for Superior Court Judge. He is rated "Well Qualified" by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, and is endorsed by both the Republican and Democratic Parties. He has earned the support of judges, law enforcement and some of our most trusted leaders. This election is decided in the August 7th Primary.

From the Navy to the Prosecutor's Office, Jerry Costello has served our country and our community. Costello will uphold the law, defend the constitution, and respect victims’ rights. He has a record of protecting our community from crime, successfully prosecuting many of the county's most important cases, including the “Spokane serial killer”. He has real judicial experience, serving as a pro tem District Court Judge. Costello has dedicated his life to public service.

In contrast, his opponent has been formally disciplined for misconduct. Fully 61% of local attorneys said that they cannot trust her to fairly or competently try a case - the lowest rating of any candidate on this year's ballot.

Costello is endorsed by Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, County Councilman Dick Muri, Tacoma Councilman Ryan Mello, Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, Representatives Laurie Jinkins and JT Wilcox, Senator Derek Kilmer and hundreds more.

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Opponent: Bev Grant
Candidate ratings:

Tacoma-Pierce County
Bar Association
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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Tacoma News Tribune  


Finance report:

Jerry Costello 8/3/2012 $101,511.00
Personal Funds $60,200.00
Loans $10,000.00
Bev Grant 8/3/2012 $19,972.59 $17,314.66

Media stories:
    July 14, 2012
Tacoma News Tribune   Pierce Superior Court races draw the most candidates since 2004, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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