To the editor:
One of the most challenging decisions we make is choosing judges we believe will do the best job of upholding our U.S. and state Constitutions, the Bill of Rights and laws.
This year, we have contested elections for three State Supreme Court seats. I am supporting David DeWolf, Pos. 1; Greg Zempel, Pos. 5 and Dave Larson, Pos 6.
Closer to home, my choice for Grant County Superior Court is the appointed incumbent, Judge David Estudillo, who has completed one year of service as one of our full-time judges.
Having been appointed by Governor Gregoire to a six-year term on the quasi-judicial Growth Management Hearings Board, I know the governor’s staff thoroughly reviews all applicants’ credentials and qualifications, vetting each candidate in depth. This thorough process ensures the most qualified applicant is appointed.
Judge Estudillo’s opponent has campaigned on an “experience matters” platform. Through a public records request, I learned the opponent’s court service has been limited to about 10 days per year as a pro tem commissioner, where he does not preside over the full range of serious matters handled by a Superior Court judge.
For example, he has never presided over a jury trial, which Judge Estudillo has done.
Judge Estudillo has demonstrated that the governor made the right choice. He is knowledgable in constitutional law, qualified and capable. He is overwhelmingly supported by the judiciary from all parts of the state.
Judge Estudillo demonstrates respect, humility and gratitude toward his family and co-workers. His motto is equally compelling: “Faith, Family, Hard Work, Education, and Community.”