Election season is here. Like any election, it can be hard to stay abreast of the issues and candidates on the ballot. This year’s cycle includes judicial candidates for the Whatcom County District Court.
I fully endorse Jonathan Rands for District Court Judge. And I ask you to do the same.
I’ve known Jon my entire career. For 20 years he has established himself as a highly respected upper-level criminal defense attorney. He routinely gets excellent results. And he’s respected by police, prosecutors, judges and his colleagues in the defense bar. Jon has the experience and intelligence to understand the multi-layered complexities of difficult cases. As a judge, I’m confident he’ll make fair rulings reflecting justice, sensitivity and integrity.
Below are the strengths that Jon Rands brings to the bench:
- 20 years’ experience in the District Court.
- 4 years judicial experience as a Judge Pro Tem judge.
- The ONLY candidate with bi-partisan support.
- The ONLY candidate with Labor support and the endorsement of the Lummi Nation, as well as our Firefighters and law enforcement professionals.
- The endorsement of more than 40 of our area’s judges and more than 100 attorneys.
- A reputation for integrity and a demonstrated track record of commitment to the community,
- A concrete plan for development of a Community Court and other court improvements.
And just last week, Jon received this endorsement from the Cascadia Daily News:
“Rands boasts a remarkably diverse set of endorsements, from citizens and organizations across the Northwest Washington political spectrum. Notably, law enforcement and prosecutorial supporters who have endorsed him do not dismiss his community court concept as ‘soft on crime.’ Rands is favored by cops, social workers, a broad group of labor leaders, current and former judges and attorneys, and political leaders and public office holders from both parties. Rands is the right person at the right time…..” ~Cascadia Daily News
Judges play a key role in the implementation and enforcement of legislation created by the state. They have the ability to decide which cases to hear, set bail amounts (and decide if someone is eligible for bail), and determine sentencing length. Judges can also make decisions on whether or not to defer people to mental health and drug addiction resources instead of sending them to jails and prisons. The amount of discretion that judges possess makes them instrumental in the fight for criminal justice reform across the country.
Remember to vote Jon Rands for Whatcom District Court Judge!
The voter registration deadlines are as follows:
- In-person: Nov. 8, 2022
- By mail: Received by Oct. 31, 2022
- Online: Oct. 31, 2022
And please contact my office if you, a friend or family member are charged with a crime. Hiring an effective and competent defense attorney is the first and best step toward justice.