VOTERS' GUIDE: COMPLETE COVERAGE, DEPARTMENT 2

VOTERS' GUIDE: CANDIDATE DETAILS

Candidate Details: Bronson Faul

Bronson Faul

Age: 43

City of residence: Yakima

Occupation: Senior assistant city attorney, city of Yakima; judge for Selah Municipal Court.

Education: Bachelor of arts degree, Washington State University, juris doctor, Willamette University.

Community service: Served on school advisory committee for St. Paul Cathedral School, former board member of the Yakima Valley Fraternal Order of Police.

Prior elected office: Precinct Committee Officer, Yakima County Republican Party.

Yakima County Bar Association Survey ratings:

• Judicial temperament: 85 say qualified or better, 48 say poorly qualified or worse.

• Legal experience: 100 say qualified or better, 35 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Communication ability: 123 say qualified or better, 30 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Ability to be impartial: 94 say qualified or better, 41 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Judicial experience: 85 say qualified or better, 51 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Legal analytical ability, 101 say qualified or better, 32 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Knowledge of community: 106 say qualified or better, 28 say poorly qualified or worse.

Candidate Details: Elisabeth Tutsch

Yakima County Superior Court Judge Elisabeth Tutsch

Age: 49

City of residence: Yakima

Occupation: Yakima County Superior Court judge

Education: Bachelor of science, Andrews University; juris doctor from University of Washington.

Community service: Founding board member of Rod’s House, served on board of La Casa Hogar, Yakima Hardcore Runners, Washington Women Lawyers, Yakima Volunteer Attorney Services, past president Yakima County Bar Association.

Prior elected office: None.

Yakima County Bar Survey results:

• Judicial temperament: 148 say qualified or better, five say poorly qualified or worse;

• Legal experience: 143 say qualified or better, 11 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Communication ability, 150 say qualified or better, one says not qualified;

• Ability to be impartial, 141 say qualified or better, 11 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Judicial experience: 143 say qualified or better, nine say poorly qualified or worse;

• Legal analytical ability: 140 say qualified or better, 11 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Knowledge of community: 150 say qualified or better, three say poorly qualified or worse.

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VOTERS' GUIDE: COMPLETE COVERAGE, DEPARTMENT 3

VOTER GUIDE: CANDIDATE DETAILS

Candidate Details: Jeff Swan

Candidate for the Yakima Superior Court Judge, Department 3, Jeff Swan

Jeff Swan

Age: 51

Community of residence: Yakima

Occupation: Senior Supervising Attorney, Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel

Education: B.A. Whitworth University 1991, Spokane; J.D. Willamette University College of Law 1994, Salem, Ore.

Community service: Yakima Partners, vice president of Habitat for Humanity, volunteer counselor with Boy Scouts, Yakima Troop 268.

Previous elected office: None.

Yakima County Bar Association Survey ratings:

• Judicial temperament: 115 say qualified or better, 27 say poorly qualified or worse.

• Legal experience: 124 say qualified or better, 19 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Communication ability: 127 say qualified or better, 16 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Ability to be impartial: 116 say qualified or better, 26 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Judicial experience: 90 say qualified or better, 54 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Legal analytical ability, 129 say qualified or better, 12 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Knowledge of community: 127 say qualified or better, 13 say poorly qualified or worse.

Candidate Details: Douglas L. Federspiel

Candidates for Yakima Superior Court Judge, Douglas Federspiel

Douglas L. Federspiel

Age: 57

Community of residence: Yakima

Education: Selah High School graduate, William O. Douglas Honors College, Whitman College, Willamette College of Law.

Community service: Leadership Yakima, Yakima-Herald Republic Citizens Advisory Committee, Red Cross, Kidney Foundation, Yakima Humane Society, Camp Hope volunteer, Adventist Food Bank Volunteer, Boy Scouts merit badge counselor, Pathfinders volunteer, former Attorney Services volunteer, VFW volunteer with student essays on the Constitution, American Bar Association tutor for minority law students, National Night Out community host.

Previous elected offices: Yakima County Superior Court judge. 

Yakima County Bar Association Survey ratings:

• Judicial temperament: 109 say qualified or better, 42 say poorly qualified or worse.

• Legal experience: 131 say qualified or better, 20 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Communication ability: 114 say qualified or better, 38 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Ability to be impartial: 113 say qualified or better, 38 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Judicial experience: 135 say qualified or better, 17 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Legal analytical ability, 116 say qualified or better, 35 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Knowledge of community: 125 say qualified or better, 25 say poorly qualified or worse.

Watch: Candidate Interviews

VOTERS' GUIDE: COMPLETE COVERAGE, DEPARTMENT 4

VOTERS' GUIDE: CANDIDATE DETAILS

Candidate Details: Blaine G. Gibson

Yakima County Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson

Blaine G. Gibson

Age: 70

Community of residence: Yakima

Occupation: Superior Court Judge

Education: Eisenhower High School graduate. BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Law degree from the University of Oregon.

Community Service: Graduate of the Leadership Yakima Program. Long-term volunteer for the Yakima Greenway. Seven-year member of the Greenway Board of Directors. Assistant scout master for Boy Scout Troop 200 and chair of the parent committee.

Previous elected office: Four-term incumbent, Yakima County Superior Court Judge.

Yakima County Bar Association Survey ratings:

• Judicial temperament: 113 say qualified or better, 35 say poorly qualified or worse.

• Legal experience: 136 say qualified or better, 13 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Communication ability: 123 say qualified or better, 31 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Ability to be impartial: 119 say qualified or better, 29 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Judicial experience: 139 say qualified or better, 10 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Legal analytical ability, 121 say qualified or better, 27 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Knowledge of community: 131 say qualified or better, 15 say poorly qualified or worse.

Candidate Details: Scott Burns

Scott Bruns

Scott Bruns

Age: 63

Community of Residence: Selah area.

Occupation: Trial lawyer and full-time independent contractor with the Department of Assigned Counsel.

Education: Seattle Pacific University, undergrad; University of Idaho, law school.

Community Service: Various state bar committees, church boards, and Civil Air Patrol as squadron commander and state legal officer.

Previous Elected Office: Republican Precinct Committee Officer.

Yakima County Bar Association Survey ratings:

• Judicial temperament: 114 say qualified or better, 24 say poorly qualified or worse.

• Legal experience: 127 say qualified or better, 9 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Communication ability: 124 say qualified or better, 13 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Ability to be impartial: 118 say qualified or better, 17 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Judicial experience: 94 say qualified or better, 41 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Legal analytical ability, 135 say qualified or better, 11 say poorly qualified or worse;

• Knowledge of community: 127 say qualified or better, 11 say poorly qualified or worse.

Watch: Candidate Interviews

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