General Election: November 3, 2020

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Jim Nelson


Whatcom County Superior Court

Position 4

Legal/Judicial Experience
Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor. Mount Vernon City Prosecutor. Special Prosecutor for Skagit CouJim Nelsonnty Prosecutorís Office. Private practice attorney. Contracted with Skagit County and the State of Washington to represent parents and children in dependency matters. Skagit County Public Defenders Office.

Other Professional Experience
The United States Marine Corps - Honorably Discharged 1973. Respiratory Therapist, 1974 - 1989.

Evergreen Park High School, Evergreen Park Illinois. Moraine Valley College, Palos Hills, Illinois. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA.

Community Service
Community Theater Bellingham; Member Bellingham Community Food Co-op; regular blood donor Bellingham Bloodworks.

Itís very humbling to be running in an election during a pandemic. Itís a time when our community needs people with experience. I'm running for this office because I have over 31 years of experience as a lawyer and many years of life experience to contribute. Experience matters. I want to use my experience to serve our community.

Iíve worked extensively in all Washington Courts up to and including our Supreme Court. I've had the honor of representing a client in the United States Supreme Court.

Iíve done criminal prosecution and defense; child dependency matters - representing both children and parents; as well as divorces and personal injury cases. I strive to truly help the people that I represent, always remaining mindful of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Justice consists of respecting the rights of every person. I became a lawyer because I have a passion for justice. Judges are, first and foremost, public servants. They exist to ensure that people receive justice. Judges must be independent, impartial, and have had extensive prior experience as attorneys - not merely working on legal issues but working patiently with people who have difficult legal problems. I have those qualifications and that experience.

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Opponent: David Freeman
Candidate ratings:

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

* No rating available (yet).

, Bremerton, WA 98311
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