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Jim Denison


Kittitas County Superior Court

Position One

Jim Denison

Legal/Judicial Experience: 1999 – Present: Lathrop, Winbauer, Harrel, Slothower & Denison; 2008 – Present: Prosecutor Cle Elum and Roslyn; 2005 – 2007: Lower Kittitas County District Court Commissioner; 1996 – 1999: Kittitas County Prosecutor’s Office, Deputy Prosecutor

Other Professional Experience: No information submitted

Education: Texas A&M University, BBA; Seattle University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

Community Service: Ellensburg Noon Rotary; Board Member: Housing Authority, Hospice Friends, Valley Musical Theatre; Advisory Boards: EHS Business Department; CWU Law&Justice Department; Mock Trial - EHS & CWU; CWU Adjunct Professor Past Board Member: Children’s Activity Museum, Alcohol Drug Dependency Services, Volunteer Legal Services; Pro bono work: Habitat for Humanity, Ellensburg Christian School, Clymer Museum

Statement: I am running because Kittitas County deserves a Superior Court Judge with the breadth of experience and broad base of knowledge necessary for such an important and influential position. A Superior Court Judge presides over a variety of cases - felony criminal matters, real property and land use issues, domestic relations, estate probates and trusts, mental illness, juvenile, and many types of civil cases. In addition, the Superior Court hears appeals from the two District Courts in the county and from many administrative boards and the County Commissioners. A Superior Court judge must have experience in many varied areas of the law in order to effectively and soundly hear and decide the wide ranging cases that will come before the court.

I have received support from all areas of Kittitas County, and have spoken with many people over the years about my desire to sit as Superior Court Judge. The concerns raised have always centered on the need for an experienced, knowledgeable person in the position. I took those concerns to heart, and made a conscious decision not to run until I believed I had the requisite experience to do the job, and do it well. That time is now.

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Opponents: Fran Chmelewski, Paul Sander  

Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian

Evaluation Committee
* Well Qualified *
Latina/o Bar Ass'n
of Washington
* Well Qualified *
Q-Law: The GLBT
Bar Association of Washington
* Well Qualified *
Women Lawyers
Well Qualified Well Qualified Qualified

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Finance report:

Fran Chmelewski 7/4/2012 $8,382.69
Personal Funds $2,957.69
Jim Denison 7/4/2012 $23,114.12
Personal Funds $1,855.59
Paul Sander 7/4/2012 $12,818.72
Personal Funds $2,056.82

Media stories:
    July 19, 2012
Ellensburg Daily Record   Kittitas County judge hopefuls debate experience
    July 17, 2012
Ellensburg Daily Record   Three vie for Superior Court judge seat
    July 14, 2012
Ellensburg Daily Record   Kittitas County judge candidates debate public defender system, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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