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Marie Clarke


Thurston County Superior Court

Department 2Marie Clarke

Legal/Judicial Experience: Marie is a supervising attorney in the Washington Attorney General's Office with 26 years of trial and appellate experience. She has represented clients in federal and state courts covering a broad range of legal issues involving constitutional, civil rights, and other complex matters. Marie previously prosecuted felony crimes, including murder, drug manufacturing, sexual and domestic violence cases, and crimes against children.

Other Professional Experience: No information submitted

Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude (1982) Cornell College. Juris Doctor, University of Nebraska School of Law (1986)

Community Service: Fundraising volunteer, youth programs; community kitchen volunteer; Board President of a charity assisting seniors and the disabled to live independently.

Statement: To serve effectively, a judge must be guided by the law, the facts and sound reason in making decisions that affect lives and the community. Every case should be treated as the most important case. Superior Court judges have great influence on people's lives and the quality of life in Thurston County. Because of this influence, I believe a judge should live in the county they serve. I will uphold these principles, and the values esssential to justice: fairness, impartiality, and respect for the equality and dignity of all persons.

Campaign Website:  
Opponents: Jim Johnson, Victor Minjares, Christine Schaller
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Candidate ratings and poll:

Joint Asian

Evaluation Committee
* * Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Ass'n
of Washington
* * Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Thurston County Bar Ass'n
Members' Preference Poll
11 11 0 154
Women Lawyers
Well Qualified * * Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

The Olympian    


Finance report:

Marie Clarke 8/3/2012 $4,935.74
Personal Funds $4,500.00
Jim Johnson 8/3/2012 $7,959.30
Personal Funds $4,000.00
Victor Minjares 8/3/2012 $6,536.43
Loans $5,000.00
Christine Schaller 8/3/2012 $40,938.86
Personal Funds $20,124.74

Media stories:
    July 27, 2012
The Olympian   Trio of state attorneys challenging commissioner
    July 13, 2012
The Olympian   Schaller's name to remain on ballot for Thurston County judge's race
The Olympian   Schaller, Price big winners in Thurston County judge bar poll
    July 9, 2012
The Olympian   Candidate asks to join attorney’s suit claiming nonresident rival is ineligible for job
    June 3, 2012
The Olympian   Attorney wants Thurston judge candidate taken off the ballot, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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