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 The opioid crisis, an underfunded mental health system, outdated mandatory sentencing restrictions, a bail system in need of reform, jail over-crowding, and the crushing cost of civil litigation are all urgent problems. And now the unprecedented fall-out from the COVID-19 crisis. 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