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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

November 4, 2014 General And Special Election

City, Seattle Municipal Court 
Judge Position No. 7



Damon Shadid



Damon Shadid


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Statement:

Seattle is a great city.  The people of Seattle deserve to have dedicated, hard-working, exceptional public officials who understand that they are elected to serve the people.

 

For the past 15 years, I have worked as a criminal defense and immigration lawyer providing legal services to our most vulnerable residents. For the past 5 years, I have also worked as a judge pro tem serving district and municipal courts.  Through my work in the community, I have developed strong relationships with the City’s many diverse cultures.  We all have a stake in improving public safety, and I plan to use those relationships to create trust and confidence in our judiciary. “Justice for all” should be more than a slogan. 

 

My opponent has said that judges “must be held accountable.”  However, over the past decade, my opponent has consistently been rated one of the worst performing judges in King County. He has a documented history of working only part-time while collecting a full-time salary, and he has failed in his duty to collaborate with his fellow judges in recent years by missing nearly all of the mandatory judges meetings. In 2012, his fellow judges removed him from his position as Presiding Judge. It’s time for a change. Seattle needs judges working full-time and providing leadership to solve the problems that plague our criminal justice system.

 

I have been rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the King County Bar Association, the Latina/o and Loren Miller Bar Associations, and the Cardozo Society. While I am proud of my Lebanese heritage, diversity on the bench must be coupled with excellence, hard work, and integrity. If elected, I will give Seattle all of those things—every day.

 

Selected Endorsements:

 

City Council Members: Sally Bagshaw, Tim Burgess, Sally Clark, Jean Godden, Nick Licata, Mike O’Brien. County Council Members:  Rod Dembowski, Joe McDermott, Dave Upthegrove. Law Enforcement: Sheriff John Urquhart, Former U.S. Attorney Kate Pflaumer, Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs. Community Leaders: Pramila Jayapal, Estela Ortega, Gerald Hankerson, Kris Hermanns. Labor: Machinists Lodge 751, Carpenters Local 30, ATU 587, SEIU 775NW, MLKC Labor Council. Democratic Party: King County Democrats and Young Democrats, 11th, 34th, 37th, 46th Democratic LDs. Other Elected Leaders:  Senate Leader Sharon Nelson (34th LD), Sen. David Frockt (46th LD), Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (43rd LD), State Treasurer Jim McIntire.

 

And hundreds more community leaders, attorneys, elected officials and others. Complete endorsement list at: www.shadidforseattle.com.

 



For more information:

PO BOX 20084
SEATTLE, WA 98102
(424) 265-8343
shadidforseattle@gmail.com
www.shadidforseattle.com

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Fred Bonner



Fred Bonner


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Statement:

I was elected as a Judge to the Seattle Municipal Court in 1989. Thank you for the honor of being able to serve the City and the people I love for the last 25 years.

 

My entire career, I have been active and engaged in my community—initiating life skills programs at local high schools, serving on several boards including Big Brothers of King County, teaching law at Seattle University and North Seattle College, serving as a counseling resource for immigrant communities in South Seattle, and leading free trial advocacy seminars to help people better understand and interact with the law.

 

As a judge, I built the first Community Court in Washington State. Rather than go to jail, non-violent misdemeanor offenders are assigned to community service and connected to social services to address the root causes of their criminal behavior.

 

A veteran myself, I have always been concerned with the number of veterans who come before the court with serious mental health problems, driven in many cases by PTSD. I helped create a Veterans’ Court where veterans have the opportunity to address criminal issues while also receiving help they need to survive. I believe that veterans have been there for our country and our courts needs to be there for them.

 

I also created a Day-Reporting Program to address issues of court appearance compliance. Many homeless defendants were being held in jail, because they missed prior court dates. Day-Reporting uses existing city staff for daily check-ins to be reminded of their upcoming court dates without confinement. This program saved over $2,000,000 in jail costs, while making jail beds available for dangerous criminals.

 

Community Court, Veteran’s Court and Day-Reporting have proven to be more effective than traditional criminal justice processes in reducing recidivism, while still addressing the real human problems of those who appear before me.

 

As a judge I have been tough but fair, and have a proven record of results. I bring a wealth of experience to the bench, lead with my integrity, and put in the hard work of implementing programs that reflect the values of our city. I will continue instituting reforms that more effectively reduce crime, save money and, more importantly, lives.

 

I would be honored to have your vote.

 

Endorsements include:

State Supreme Court Justices Barbara Madsen and Susan Owens, Division One Appeals Chief Judge Michael Spearman, MLK County Labor Council, and King County Democrats.



For more information:

P.O. BOX 22573
SEATTLE, WA 98122
(206) 550-7637
contact@judgebonner.com
www.judgebonner.com

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