General Election: November 3, 2020

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James Erb


Whatcom County Superior Court

Position 2

James ErbLegal/Judicial Experience
Senior Assistant City Attorney, Bellingham (2010-Present); Staff Attorney, Nooksack Indian Tribe (2008-2010); Felony Prosecutor, 10th Judicial Circuit (2005-2007). Lead counsel in approximately fifty criminal jury trials including aggravated assault, child sexual abuse, and drug trafficking; argued cases before the Court of Appeals; and currently represents the interests of Bellingham taxpayers in the City Attorney’s Office. Licensed in State, Federal, and Tribal courts.

Other Professional Experience
No Information Submitted

Graduate of the University of South Florida and Florida State University College of Law

Community Service
Sehome High School Mock Trial Coach, Street Law volunteer, Mock Trial Judge at Fairhaven College, Pickford Board Member, Innocence Project

James Erb has spent his entire legal career working for the people. He is a seasoned trial lawyer with experience prosecuting serious felonies and handling complex civil matters including family law, labor and employment law, land use, and open government. His breadth of experience, integrity, and commitment to justice will make James an outstanding Superior Court Judge.

James and his spouse, Heather, chose to build their life together in Whatcom County. Their boys were born here, attend public school, and play soccer at the Northwest fields. James has enjoyed teaching local students about our justice system as a mock trial team coach and competition judge. He also volunteers to provide free legal advice at Street Law.

James will make decisions based on the law, treat everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve, and work to provide equal access to justice. He will also work with the prosecutor, sheriff, and other stakeholders to safely reduce and prevent incarceration.

Endorsed by Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Court of Appeals Judge Cecily Hazelrigg, Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu, Ferndale Mayor Greg Hansen, and David Doll. Rated Well Qualified or Qualified by seven bar associations including the WA State Veterans Bar Assoc.

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Opponent: Evan Jones
Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society
of Washington
* *
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified *
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified *
Loren Miller Bar Association Qualified *
The LGBT Bar Association
Well Qualified *
Washington State
Veterans Bar Association
Well Qualified *
Washington Women Lawyers Qualified *
Whatcom County
Bar Association
Qualified *

* No rating available (yet).

, Bremerton, WA 98311
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