General Election: November 8, 2022

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Reed Speir


Tacoma Municipal Court

Position 1

Reed Speir

Legal/Judicial Experience: 2021-present: Administrative Law Judge with Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings; 2005-present: Partner, Fraser Robinson Speir Attorney Outsource; 2006-2019: Owner, Law Office of Reed Speir; 2001-2005: Intern and Associate Attorney

Other Professional Experience: 2006-2019: taught classes to attorneys about trial preparation, trial practice, appellate practice, following and applying court rules, and application of rules of evidence. 2016-2017: Governor on Board of Governors for Statewide attorney organization - chaired subcommittee that drafted proposed changes to rules governing appeals from municipal and district courts.

Education: 2001-2004: Seattle University School of Law; 1997-1999: University of Puget Sound; 1995-1997: Tacoma Community College

Community Service: 2001-2020: Court-appointed public defender

Statement: I was born in Alaska and raised by a single mother. After my family moved to Tacoma in 1994, I worked to support myself and family while attending Tacoma Community College and the University of Puget Sound. I worked for IATSE Local 15 after college for several years until being accepted into Seattle University School of Law.

For over 15 years, I represented hundreds of clients in appeals at every court level in Washington, including Suquamish Tribal Court. My job was to review their trial and look for errors committed by the judge and lawyers. As an administrative law judge, I ensure individuals are treated fairly and the law is upheld and applied correctly.

My life, career and professional experience have prepared me to be a judge for Tacoma. I know how one wrong decision can change your whole life. As a lawyer, I reviewed and analyzed trials for errors in interpreting and applying the law. As an administrative law judge, I have presided over hundreds of hearings, analyzing the facts and the law before issuing decisions.

I will ensure the law is applied correctly, fairly, and equitably. I look forward to serving Tacoma as a judge.

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Opponent: Dee Sonntag
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*Ms. Sonntag is not rated because she was a member of the Judicial Qualifications Committee within the past year and is therefore ineligible to receive a rating according to the rules governing the Committee.


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