I wish to endorse Deborra Garrett for Superior Court Judge.
We live in an era where the legal arm of our social system touches us in profound ways. We must have thoughtful, ethical individuals supporting that arm. I believe that Deborra has those ethical qualities.
Stepping into a courtroom can be a frightening experience. It is so important to have Deborra on the bench. She can maintain those principles that secure the fairest and most just outcomes for all. Our courts shape our lives and our culture.
I am old enough to remember "Scoop" and "Maggie" as well as Judge Earl Warren's words: "It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive." We must pick judges on the basis of their individual strength of character, their willingness to fight for what is true and right. Deborra has done just that. She chooses to work without pay as the legal advisor for the YWCA and the Women's Care Center and has helped shape the Whatcom Civil Rights Project.
I have watched the courts locally and nationally and I believe a judge's decisions are life-altering. I have been a teacher in Washington for 42 years. One fearful reality I know as a teacher is the impact court decisions have on shaping a young person's future. Our responsibility in a democracy is to vote for who our judges will be.
I am voting for Deborra Garrett.