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Mulliken supports Estudillo

Letter to the Editor


Last updated 10/12/2016 at 10:51am

One of the most challenging decisions we, as voters, make is choosing judges we believe will do the best job of upholding our U.S. & State Constitutions, Bill of Rights, and laws. This year, we have contested elections for three State Supreme Court Justices and a Grant County Superior Court Judge.

Because I am often asked, for Supreme Court Justices, 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 our full-time judge.

Specifically, I would like to address the standardized and rigorous appointment process used by the Governor’s office. 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, checking references and vetting each candidate in depth. This thorough process ensures the most qualified applicant is appointed.

Although Judge Estudillo’s opponent has campaigned on an “experience matters” platform, through a public records request, I learned his Court service has been limited to about ten 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. Judge Estudillo has demonstrated 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 towards his family and co-workers. His motto is equally compelling: Faith, Family, Hard Work, Education, and Community!

Please join me in voting for Judge David Estudillo.

Joyce Mulliken

Moses Lake, WA

Sen. Mulliken served the 13th District in the Washington State Legislature 1994-2006, and was appointed by Gov. Gregoire to the quasi-judicial GMHB, 2006-2012.


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