Our courts are facing difficult challenges right now. The opioid crisis, an underfunded mental health system, outdated mandatory sentencing restrictions, a bail system in need of reform, jail over-crowding, and the crushing cost of civil litigation are all urgent problems. There is no magic bullet for any of these problems. But they all require thoughtful collaboration by judges and the many others who have a stake in the safety of Snohomish County communities.
When Governor Inslee appointed me to our Superior Court bench in 2018, he had a wide field of candidates to choose from. I was honored to be selected. But I was also determined to use my judicial position to make a difference in people’s lives, just as I did in my career as a Public Defender, where I gained a deep understanding of what inaccess to justice looks like in our communities.
As I campaigned last year throughout the county to retain my position on our court, I appreciated hearing from voters about their concerns and their hopes for our justice system.
I was humbled by the broad support I received when I won my election last year. I am now required to run for re-election in 2020, along with all the other Superior Court Judges in the state, and I hope to earn your trust and your vote. Thank you.
Judge Paul Thompson