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We Support Lauren Erickson for Superior Court Judge

Bill Benedict, Clallam County Sheriff
Susan Owens, Washington State Supreme Court Justice
Brent Basden, Clallam County Superior Court Judge
Brooke Taylor, Clallam County Superior Court Judge, retired
George Wood, Clallam County Superior Court Judge, retired
Gary Velie, Clallam County Superior Court Judge, retired
Simon Barnhardt, Clallam County Superior Court Judge
Glenn Wiggins, Former Mayor and Councilmember, City of Port Angeles
Orville Campbell, Former Deputy Mayor and Councilmember, City of Port Angeles
Ken Williams, Clallam County Superior Court Judge, retired
Karen Rogers, Former Mayor and Councilmember, City of Port Angeles
David Neupert, Clallam County District Court Judge
Erik Rohrer, Clallam County District Court Judge
Chris Melly, Clallam County Superior Court Judge, retired
Jill Landes, Jefferson County District Court Judge, retired
Karen Unger, Attorney  •  Liz Schwantor, Attorney  •  John Rutz, Attorney
Edie Beck  •  Tammy Wooldridge  •  Betty Moffett Wedel  •  Lourene O’Brien

Bill Benedict, Clallam County Sheriff:

It has been a pleasure to watch Judge Erickson handle the most difficult cases that come through our court systems. She is fair, works hard, and brings a lot of common sense to the position. She is willing to listen and then do what she feels is right. Those are qualities that both law enforcement and those charged with criminal violations should seek in a judge.

Susan Owens, Washington State Supreme Court Justice:

I have known Lauren since 1995 when she appeared in front of me when I was the District Court Judge in Forks. Before becoming Clallam County’s first female superior court judge, Lauren was a long time deputy prosecutor; she also spent ten years representing disadvantaged parents and children in the child welfare system. Clallam County has pending triple and quadruple homicide cases. Clallam County needs Lauren’s extensive criminal trial experience.

Brent Basden, Clallam County Superior Court Judge:

For twenty-six years Lauren and I have worked as opposing attorneys, as attorney and judge, and now as judge and judge. That long-term association has shown me that she possesses all the qualities that the citizens of Clallam County should want in a judge. Her perspective, insights, hard work, humor, intelligence and common sense are assets that the bench can ill-afford to lose. I whole-heartedly encourage you to re-elect Judge Erickson.

George Wood, Clallam County Superior Judge, retired:

During my twenty-two years as a superior court judge, I enjoyed having Lauren appear on a case. She was always prepared, understood the relevant law, and interacted with others is a way that made it possible to achieve the best result in difficult situations. Her perspective and approach is a huge benefit to the Clallam County Superior Court.

Ken Williams, Clallam County Superior Judge, retired:

Lauren’s service to the community has always impressed me. By day she practiced in many different areas of the law, and by night would serve the community as a member of the Port Angeles City Council. The balance and understanding that comes from engaging in different kinds of service is essential for a superior court judge. Clallam County should be proud that we elected her once, and we should do so again.

Karen Rogers, Former Mayor and Councilmember, City of Port Angeles:

I have known Judge Erickson since 2002 when we served together on the Port Angeles City Council. I appreciated and valued her legal and technical assessment of difficult ordinances we initiated and updated.  Lauren was always fair minded and made decisions in the best interests of the community and based on facts. Her service in the Prosecutor’s office has supported our law enforcement in this critical time of multiple homicides.  We need both her criminal trial expertise and her experience as a defense attorney.

Chris Melly, Clallam County Superior Judge, retired:

I worked with Judge Erickson for many years in the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and I am very familiar with her intelligence and work ethic. After we both moved on to other phases of our careers, I became the county Hearing Examiner and used her a a pro tem Examiner when I had conflicts or was unavailable because of the regard in which I held her abilities.

Karen Unger, Attorney:

I have defended individuals charged with a crime when Lauren was the prosecutor. I have worked side by side with her in representing parents in the child welfare system. It has always been my experience that she has taken the time to understand the facts and the law, and applies the law with a great sense of fairness.

Liz Schwantor, Attorney: 

I have watched Lauren represent the most disadvantaged women in our community. She always raised a powerful voice in promoting equal rights and opportunities for women and preventing discrimination against them.

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