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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

November 4, 2014 General And Special Election

District Court, Southeast Electoral District 
Judge Position No. 5

Richard Bathum

Richard Bathum

Education: Western Washington University, BA with Honors; University of Puget Sound School of Law JD
Occupation: King County District Court Judge


Rick Bathum is a proven leader in the courtroom. Effective judicial leadership requires the ability to make comprehensive and effective rulings impacting the safety of the community. The ability to listen and analyze information from a wide range of participants including attorneys, law enforcement, victims and defendants is a characteristic of his professional abilities. He has accepted these challenges in a way that leads to kind, compassionate and fair rulings. His judicial ratings are among the best in the King County system.


Rick attend the University of Puget Sound School of Law graduating in 1977. After passing the bar exam he practiced law in the Enumclaw and Auburn areas specializing in criminal defense, family law, real estate and personal injury cases.


In 1985, Rick was appointed judge of Buckley, Carbonado and Wilkeson. Upon his appointment to King County District Court in 2000 and elected since then, he has served as a portability judge in Superior Court, a domestic violence court judge and as a coroner inquest judge and presiding over thousands of cases.


He would be honored to continue to serve the people of King County as your District Court judge.

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