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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

November 4, 2014 General And Special Election

City, Seattle Municipal Court 
Judge Position No. 2

Jon M. Zimmerman

Jon M. Zimmerman

Education: B.A. Political Science, George Washington University; J.D. Seattle University School of Law.
Occupation: Pro Tem Judge, attorney, small business owner.


For nearly ten years, Jon Zimmerman has represented thousands of clients in a broad range of matters in Municipal, District, and Superior Courts.  He has worked in government as well as in private practice.  For three years, he has worked regularly as a Pro Tem Judge in Municipal Court and he has worked in law firms both big and small.  Jon has provided representation to hundreds of immigrants, some of who have been mistreated and who are rightfully distrustful of our legal system. Jon has fought for people living below the poverty line, tribal members, single parents, business owners, the elderly, and students. Jon has the deep experience we need to change our courts to make them more efficient, more accessible, and more responsive to the community our courts serve.


Our judges must be competent and fair.  Jon’s opponent recently received the lowest performance results of all Seattle Municipal Court judges in a recent King County Bar Association judicial evaluation survey and she has been among the lowest-rated judges for 16 years. 


In contrast, Jon Zimmerman has earned a reputation as being fair-minded and focused on achieving a just result, while treating everyone with graciousness, patience, and respect. 


An active volunteer, Jon has helped our veterans through the Washington State Bar’s Legal Assistance to Military Personnel section, and he has provided pro bono assistance at the King County Bar Association’s Family Law Clinic and the Access to Justice Institute at Seattle University.  He also gives his time to serve as a Big Pals Volunteer.


As Judge, Jon will use his experience to make positive changes in our Municipal Courts: increasing access to justice, making our courts more efficient, and bringing responsiveness back to the bench. 


Jon Zimmerman is the change we need and deserve.


Endorsements include 46th District Democrats, Teamsters Joint Council 28, Sen. Adam Kline, Rep. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Jessyn Farrell, Rep. Drew Hansen, Judge Peter Nault, Judge Patrick O’Malley, Judge John McCarthy, Judge Tony Wartnik (ret.), prosecutors, defense attorneys, and community supporters.


For more information:

P.O. BOX 9100
(206) 407-4187


C. Kimi Kondo

C. Kimi Kondo

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Incumbent Presiding Judge C. Kimi Kondo has served the people in Seattle since 1990.  Rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the Loren Miller and King County Bar Associations, she is currently the Mental Health Court judge and manages the master jury calendar.  Please visit for more information, current ratings and endorsements.


“Access to justice requires that defendants and victims have their cases heard fairly, impartially and promptly.  These are my core values.”


“Defendants who opt into the therapeutic mental health court are linked to health care professionals, social service agencies and housing opportunities.  Community safety is enhanced.  Taxpayers are saved the high cost of repeatedly incarcerating a population that is often homeless and without resources.”


Judge Kondo has presiding over hundreds of domestic violence, driving under the influence and general jury trials. She has adjudicated thousands of motions, bench trials and dispositions. 


As a member of the DOJ police reform Crisis Intervention Committee, she works with criminal justice partners to revise training protocols for officers who encounter people in behavioral crisis. In 2013, she created an equitable search warrant duty rotation for bench officers in response to increasing requests for blood search warrants.  Warrants are requested telephonically and reviewed via email when time is of the essence.


“Requests for alcohol, marijuana and drug warrants have risen due to changes in laws.  Seattle officers are now assured that judges are available 24/7, including holidays, to review affidavits and issue warrants.”


As Presiding Judge, she oversees the Court’s $27.8 million budget with $45.5 million of revenues to the City’s general fund. Six other judges and all magistrates look to her for leadership, as do defense attorneys and prosecutors who attend monthly bench bar meetings. 


A long time resident of the Central Area, Judge Kondo is committed to racial and gender justice, and diversity in Washington’s courts.  All Seattle Municipal Court judges, Mayor Ed Murray, many City Council members, and the nine members of the Washington State Supreme Court advocate her retention.


“I am pleased to endorse and support Judge Kondo for re-election to Seattle’s Municipal Court,” says Justice Mary Yu.  “I encourage voters to retain her knowledge, experience and leadership.”


Also endorsing are the King County Democrats, the 11th, 32nd, 34th, 37th, 36th, and 43rd Dems, the Young Democrats, the MLK Labor Council, the Metropolitan Democratic Club and the Women’s Political Caucus.  Many statewide judges and community leaders also back her campaign.

For more information:

PO BOX 20434
(206) 838-4970