LETTER: Susan Mahoney Clear Choice in Local District Court Judicial Race


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An Open Letter to B-Town Blog:
By W. Tracy Codd, Burien Attorney

Now that the voting ballots are in the mail and in most of our mailboxes, B-Town Blog readers should take note: There is one clear choice for Position #2 in the King County District Court, Southwest Electoral District judicial race – Susan Mahoney.

Assistant Des Moines City Attorney, Judge Pro Tem and former Prosecutor, Susan Mahoney has the background and experience in and out of the courtroom needed to serve the citizens of Southwest King County as District Court Judge.Susan received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in 1985 and her JD from Seattle University’s School of Law in 1991, the same year she was admitted to the Washington State Bar. Since that time, Susan worked as Deputy King County Prosecuting Attorney where she handled all types of criminal cases from misdemeanors to Class A felonies and eventually opened up her own law office in 2001. The Law Office of Susan L. Mahoney has specialized in personal injury, family law, criminal defense and municipal court contract prosecution.  Susan served as a municipal prosecutor for the Cities of Des Moines, Normandy Park, and Milton.  She has also been called upon to serve as a special prosecutor handling conflict situations on sensitive cases for the King County Prosecutor’s Office, the City of Kent and the City of Federal Way. In 2001, Susan was appointed Judge Pro Tem in King County District Court.  She has also been appointed as a Judge Pro Tem serving Kent, Lakewood, Federal Way, and Black Diamond Municipal Courts.   Serving as a Judge Pro Tem has given Susan the opportunity to bring her knowledge and experience to the bench. Her professional demeanor and courtroom abilities have earned her the respect of those who have appeared before her, as well as those who work with her in and out of the courtroom.  In January of 2008, Susan was appointed to serve as the Assistant City Attorney for Des Moines where she serves as the City’s legal advisor and in-house counsel for all municipal departments.  That work includes overseeing Municipal Court Prosecution and code enforcement; advising the Des Moines Police Department on criminal and civil risk management issues; and working with the Municipal Court on developing and implementing policies and procedures. Throughout her career, Susan has cared passionately about the justice system and the people she has been honored to serve.  She has taken a particular interest in cases involving domestic violence and impaired driving and sees these as some of the most serious cases handled at the District Court level. She has earned the reputation as a tough, but fair-minded prosecutor and Judge Pro Tem. A mom and active South County community member, Susan will bring a dedicated level of commitment to South County residents and a balanced approach and professional temperament to the District Court.

Ms. Mahoney’s opponent, Judith Eiler, has been in the headline news recently and was disciplined this year by the State of Washington Judicial Conduct Commission for her courtroom demeanor.

Susan Mahoney has received a great number of endorsements from local attorneys, prosecutors and public defenders. This is evidence of her long track record of fairness and professionalism.

Ms. Mahoney has received a number of prominent endorsements from both sides of the political aisle, including the following:

Martin Luther King County Labor Council

Citizens for Judicial Excellence

King County Democrats

King County Young Democrats

King County Police Officer’s Guild

AFSME Local 21 – District Court Clerk and Probation Officers Union

11th District Democrats

30th District Democrats

30th District Republicans

33rd District Democrats

34th District Democrats

Judge Ann Harper, King County District Court

Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvan, Des Moines Municipal Court

Judge Tim Jenkins, Sumner Municipal Court and Federal Way Attorney

Judge David Larson, Federal Way Municipal Court

Judge Rebecca Roberston, Federal Way Municipal Court

Judge Steven Rosen, Black Diamond Municipal Court

Judge Paul Codd, Des Moines and SeaTac Municipal Courts (retired)

For a full list of Ms. Mahoney’s endorsements, readers of the Burien Blog can find out more about Susan Mahoney at www.mahoneyforjudge.com.

As the above attests, there is one clear choice for Position #2 in the King County District Court, Southwest Electoral District judicial race – Susan Mahoney.
W. Tracy Codd is a Burien Attorney with a practice which emphasizes criminal defense and personal injury law.

Mr. Codd, a B-Town Blog Advertiser, is a Member of the Committee to Elect Susan Mahoney for Judge.

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