Personal: I am 60 years old. I am married, a father to five adult children, and a grandfather to four grandchildren. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). Graduated from Arizona State University with an English degree and a minor in Spanish. I graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law (Go Zags!).
Professional: I’ve been a sole practitioner and a courtroom lawyer for 24 years. For the past 20 years, I have lived in Colville, and my office is located in Colville, and I’ve practiced the past 20 years in the tri-county courtrooms. My areas of practice have been all types of civil law, including family law (adoptions to child custody disputes), dependency law (advocating for parents whose children have been removed by CPS), years of GAL work advocating for children, small civil litigation, debt collection matters, guardianships, probate, social security disability law, some personal injury and some criminal misdemeanor law.
Why am I running for the position?
I am highly capable and I am the right candidate for the job at this time. I love the people who make up our community. Our community needs good judges who make good decisions. I believe that I can best serve the tri-county area with my 24 years of courtroom experience. As a judge, it will be my job to do The Right Thing for all who enter the courtroom. That includes making a lot of tough choices. A judgeship is the type of public service I am most qualified to do.