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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

November 4, 2014 General And Special Election

District Court, West Electoral District 
Judge Position No. 2



Phillip Tavel



Phillip Tavel


Education: B.A in Physics (with Honors) Vassar College (1993), J.D Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (1998)
Occupation: Public Defender, King County and Private Attorney

Statement:

I will bring integrity back to this court and end the pattern of ethical violations by my opponent.

 

I’m a Pro Tem Judge and have been a Public Defender for 10 years.  I’ve represented thousands of people and appeared before more than 70 judges statewide. I have tried cases from DUIs to Murder. My experience includes family law, intellectual property law, immigration law, contracts, civil litigation, and working extensively with King  County's many diverse communities.

 

The Cardozo Society has rated me as being Well Qualified.

 

My opponent is the only seated District Court Judge to be sanctioned multiple times for ethical violations by the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct. He’s earned the lowest performance ratings of all King County District Court Judges (rated below Acceptable in 3 of 4 categories) and has run unopposed for 24 years.

 

I’ve worked for the National Science Foundation and was a physics professor before attending law school. I have the experience to responsibly handle technology related issues in our courts. I volunteer in our community for Rotary, CASA, SEED Arts and the YMCA.  I bring a passion for justice and a commitment to upholding the integrity of the Court.

 

I ask for your vote.



For more information:

PO BOX 20644
SEATTLE, WA 98102
(206) 949-8680
ptavel@gmail.com
www.givethegaveltotavel.com

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Mark C. Chow



Mark C. Chow


Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Whitworth College; Law Degree, Seattle University School of Law.
Occupation: Judge, King County District Court.

Statement:

Experienced – Elected to the King County District Court for six consecutive terms, Judge Mark Chow is the first Asian-American in Washington state to win election to district court. Judge Chow has worked as an attorney in private practice, as legal counsel to the Office of the Mayor of Seattle, and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County. He helped found one of the nation’s first courts to offer an alternative to sitting in jail for those with mental health disorders. King County’s Mental Health Court was a pioneer in reducing the criminalization of the mentally ill as it focused on keeping communities safe.

Dedicated to Our Community – Born in Seattle, Judge Chow was employed at his parent’s restaurant, Ruby Chow’s, where he learned the value of hard work and family. His parents taught him the importance of working hard at all times and serving our community with pride. From those beginnings Judge Chow was instilled with his family’s devotion to a lifetime of public and community service.

Judge Chow is endorsed by over 140 current and former Washington state judges, including eight members of the Washington state Supreme Court, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.



For more information:

PO BOX 19826
SEATTLE, WA 98109

judgemarkchow@hotmail.com
www.judgemarkchow.com

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