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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

November 4, 2014 General And Special Election

District Court, West Electoral District 
Judge Position No. 1

Johanna Bender

Johanna Bender

Education: JD, University of Washington School of Law, 1996; BA Magna Cum Laude, Brown University, 1991
Occupation: King County District Court Judge


Judge Bender presides over both Mental Health and Veterans Court, and co-chairs the County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Oversight Committee.  In these capacities, she works to ensure safe, effective, and coordinated services for people living with mental illness, and for the many veterans in our community.


An active contributor to efforts to increase access to justice in King County and across our state, Judge Bender is a Trustee of the Legal Foundation of Washington and a liaison to the statewide Access to Justice Board.  She also serves on the Curriculum and Planning Committees for the Judicial Institute, a program dedicated to mentoring aspiring judges and increasing the diversity of the Washington State bench.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Bender was a long-time volunteer and board member at Legal Voice, and served as a volunteer for the King County Bar Association Downtown Neighborhood Legal Clinic. 


Judge Bender has been rated Exceptionally Well Qualified by the King County Bar Association and six minority bar associations.  She is endorsed by the King County Democrats and Young Democrats, AFSCME Local 21-DC, the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, and the 11th, 34th, 36th, 37th, 43rd and 46th District Democrats.

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