REMINDER: Judge’s Forum Is Tonight At 7pm At The ERAC Center

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Everyone is invited tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 19th) at 7pm to a Candidates Forum, which will feature two women running for District Court Judge: Susan Mahoney vs Judith Eiler.

Moderating the debate will be Dave Markwell, author of one of our sister site The Waterland Blog’s most popular features: the Feel Good Friday column which appears every Friday.

“Dave Markwell is an outstanding writer, a humorist and philosopher, an observer of life all rolled into one,” said blog editor and publisher Scott Schaefer. “In fact, if Dave Markwell’s name was Mark Twain or maybe Erma Bombeck instead of Dave Markwell, well then, whenever we saw him we would all say something like ‘Hi Mark’ or ‘Hi Erma,’ instead of ‘Hi Dave,’ like we do call him because that’s his name.”

This forum is a little different: It’ll be kind of like being on jury duty, except YOU get to pick the judge.

Susan Mahoney, currently an Assistant City Attorney for the city of Des Moines, is challenging Judge Judith Eiler for her seat as a District Court Judge, where she has served for 18 years.

The duty of a District Court Judge is to hear and decide misdemeanor criminal cases, civil cases where damages amount to less than $50,000, small claims, traffic cases, and requests for domestic violence protection orders.

Dave Markwell

Judge Eiler told The B-Town Blog in an email last week:

“I am a judge who is passionate about my work. I believe that every person who leaves my courtroom should leave knowing more about the law, should leave a changed person, and should leave taking responsibility for their actions. The courtroom is the ultimate ‘teachable moment.’ It means that I am tough when I need to be.”

Susan Mahoney’s website says:

“Most people never enter a courtroom, but for those who do, a District Court is their window into the judicial system. It’s critical that we elect judges with the experience, commitment to impartial justice, and professional temperament needed to be effective on the bench.”

So head on up to the ERAC, (Educational Resource and Administrative Center), a Highline School District building, located at 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW in south Burien, across the street from the Azteca Restaurant. It all starts at 7pm.

Your questions are more than welcome. Imagine: Getting to ask a judge questions!

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One Response to “REMINDER: Judge’s Forum Is Tonight At 7pm At The ERAC Center”
  1. shidley says:

    Thanks for giving us, the citizens, the opportunity of having these two candidates come together to answer some questions.

    Undecided prior, I now have a lot more knowledge and feel good about a vote for Susan Mahoney. People deserve to be treated with respect should they ever find themselves in a courtroom. It’s obvious Judge Eiler has little regard for how she treats litigants…. I’ve learned much more about her since the forum and was actually quite surprised by the behavior. Not good.

    I hope other voters do their research too.

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