LETTER: Local businesswoman endorses Municipal Court Judge Candidate


[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]

Competence & Compassion – Dave Gehrke for Judge

When I think of a Judge, I can’t help but picture the image of a dark brooding man, sitting high above the court as he silently considers the fate of those who stand before him.  When I attach the same title to David Gehrke, I immediately picture a warm, outgoing family man who has a deep respect for the law, keen understanding of the role of counsel, a judicial demeanor and intellectual curiosity.  However, it is not just David’s professional competence that makes him perfectly suited to become Des Moines Municipal Court judge; it is his understanding of the world outside the courtroom.

David has mastered the ability to communicate judicial wisdom in a manner that any person can understand—some of it is his demeanor, but much of it is simply his ability to convey to people that he understood them. He really takes the time to listen—an important quality in a judge.

While most of us understand that each judge comes to the bench with a unique background and a personal philosophy, we also know that judges are charged with interpreting and applying the law without regard to whether they approve or disapprove of the law in question.  This demands that a judge be objective and open-minded to ensure impartiality and fairness to all parties regardless of race, gender or social-economic standing.  David has served a racially and ethnically diverse population for years and possesses the cultural competence to address various cultural responses with knowledge and sensitivity.   He further recognizes that in our multi-cultural society, judges must be sensitive to religious, racial, and cultural differences and understand how a specific ruling will affect the litigants; and more importantly, the consequences of the ruling for society as a whole.
 
Simply put, David Gehrke has acquired, through discipline and love of the job, all the desired characteristics and qualifications to assume the very important role of Des Moines, Municipal Court judge.

L.E. Brentwood
Business Development & Marketing
FootlaceCreationsbylaura.com
[email protected]
206-850-0759

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10 Responses to “LETTER: Local businesswoman endorses Municipal Court Judge Candidate”
  1. Pat Nardo says:

    This is a beautiful tribute to a well deserving gentleman and it is not against David Gehrke that we are voting for Veronica Galvan; she IS a judge, has sat many times as a substitute judge and has at least six years of experience as a judge. When you have two such good people running for the same office and a choice must be made, you realize at this moment why America is so great…we can choose. Our choice goes to merit, experience and participation in the community affairs of Des Moines. As we cast our votes for Veronica Galvan we also wish Mr. Gehrke the very best of luck and he is blessed to have such a staunch supporter and great writer. It is also to the credit of both candidates here that no negative campaigning was evident.

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  2. DM Resident says:

    I have had the opportunity to see our current judge in action and I will only say VOTE GEHRKE!!! We currently have a judge that feels it is her job to be an activist on the bench and not necessarily enforce the laws. VOTE FOR GEHRKE!!!

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    • Dan Kennedy says:

      Since Mr. Gehrke, admittedly, has no experience we are forced to decide on his candidacy for Municipal Court Judge by looking at his decision making skills and “good” judgment.

      For me, he lost the race when he made his first decision. He hired his friend, Mary Ann Ottinger, a disgraced former judge (http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2002565681_judge17m.html), to be his Campaign Manager. Des Moines needs better judgment than that.

      Judge Galvan is experienced and her reputation is such that seven members of the Washington State Supreme Court support her candidacy. She has earned my vote!

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      • Cindy says:

        Judges who endorse David Gehrke

        The Hon. Bill A. BowmanKing County Superior Court
        The Hon. Cheryl CareyKing County Superior Court
        The Hon. James Dore (ret)King County Superior Court
        The Hon. Joan DuBuqueKing County Superior Court
        The Hon. Michael HaydenKing County Superior Court
        The Hon. Mike Heavey (ret)King County Superior Court
        The Hon. Philip G. Hubbard, Jr. (ret)King County Superior Court
        The Hon. Ronald KesslerKing County Superior Court
        The Hon. Douglass NorthKing County Superior Court
        The Hon. Jeff RamsdellKing County Superior Court
        The Hon. James RogersKing County Superior Court
        The Hon. Catherine ShafferKing County Superior Court
        The Hon. Mark ChowKing County District Court
        The Hon. David ChristieKing County District Court
        The Hon. Linda JackeKing County District Court
        The Hon. Eileen KatoKing County District Court

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        • Lisa Meinecke says:

          I would encourage the readers to visit Judge Galvan’s website, so they can puruse her extremely long list of judicial and elected official endorcements. http://www.retainjudgegalvan.com/endorsements. This should speak volumes to the voters of Des Moines.
          Please also take the time to read the Voters Pamphlet to compare the experience between Galvan and Gehrke. As my father used to say “a good voter is an informed voter”!

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        • Renee says:

          The Honorable Barbara Madsen

          Chief Justice Washington State Supreme Court

          The Honorable Charles Johnson

          Associate Chief Justice Washington State Supreme Court

          The Honorable Mary Fairhurst

          Justice Washington State Supreme Court

          The Honorable Steven Gonzalez

          Justice Washington State Supreme Court

          The Honorable Susan Owens

          Justice Washington State Supreme Court

          The Honorable Debra Stephens

          Justice Washington State Supreme Court

          The Honorable Charles Wiggins

          Justice Washington State Supreme Court

          The Honorable C.Z. Smith

          Justice Washington State Supreme Court (ret)

          The Honorable Stephen Dwyer

          Judge Washington State Court of Appeals Division 1

          The Honorable Ann Schindler

          Judge Washington State Court of Appeals Division 1

          The Honorable Richard McDermott

          Presiding Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Stephanie Arend

          Judge Pierce County Superior Court

          The Honorable Monica Benton

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Elizabeth Berns

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable William Bowman

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Greg Canova

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Susan Craighead

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable John O. Cooney

          Judge Spokane County Superior Court

          The Honorable Teresa Doyle

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Ellen Fair

          Judge Snohomish County Superior Court

          The Honorable Deborah Fleck

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Debora Garrett

          Judge Whatcom County Superior Court

          The Honorable Greg Gonzalez

          Judge Clark County Superior Court

          The Honorable Helen Halpert

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable John R. Hickman

          Judge Pierce County Superior Court

          The Honorable Holly Hill

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Vicki Hogan

          Judge Pierce County Superior Court

          The Honorable Kevin Hull

          Judge Kitsap County Superior Court

          The Honorable Laura Inveen

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Garold E. Johnson

          Judge Pierce County Superior court

          The Honorable Linda Lee

          Judge Pierce County Superior Court

          The Honorable Barbara Linde

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Dean Lum

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Harry McCarthy

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Rich Melnick

          Judge Clark County Superior Court

          The Honorable Laura Gene Middaugh

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Sean O’Donnell

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Patrick Oishi

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable James R. Orlando

          Judge Pierce County Superior Court

          The Honorable Annette S. Plese

          Judge Spokane County Superior Court

          The Honorable Kim Prochnau

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Ruth Reukauf

          Judge Yakima County Superior Court

          The Honorable Jean Rietschel

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Palmer Robinson

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Stan Rumbaugh

          Judge Pierce County Superior Court

          The Honorable Palmer Robinson

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Susan Serko

          Judge Pierce County Superior Court

          The Honorable J. Wesley St. Clair

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Lori K. Smith

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Chuck Snyder

          Judge Whatcom County Superior Court

          The Honorable Marianne Spearman

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Julie Spector

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Greg Sypolt

          Judge Spokane County Superior Court

          The Honorable Mike Trickey

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Jay V. White

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Mary Yu

          Judge King County Superior Court

          The Honorable George Finkle

          Judge King County Superior Court (ret)

          The Honorable Donald Horowitz

          Judge King County Superior Court (ret)

          The Honorable Bonnie Canada-Thurston

          Commissioner King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Carlos Velategui

          Commissioner King County Superior Court

          The Honorable Scott Ahlf

          Judge Olympia Municipal Court

          The Honorable Sandra Allen

          Judge Milton/Ruston Municipal Court

          The Honorable Andrea Beall

          Judge Puyallup Municipal Court

          The Honorable Johanna Bender

          Judge King County District Court

          The Honorable Stephen Brown

          Judge Grays Harbor District Court

          The Honorable Brett Buckley

          Judge Thurston County District Court

          The Honorable Tam Bui

          Judge Snohomish County District Court

          The Honorable Joe Burrowes

          Judge Benton County District Court

          The Honorable James Buzzard

          Judge Centralia Municipal Court

          The Honorable R.W. Buzzard

          Judge Lewis County District Court

          The Honorable Steven Buzzard (ret)

          The Honorable Mark Chow

          Judge King County District Court

          The Honorable John Curry

          Judge Orting Municipal Court

          The Honorable Melanie Dane

          Judge Black Diamond Municipal Court

          The Honorable Sara Derr

          Judge Spokane District Court

          The Honorable James Doctor

          Judge Bremerton Municipal Court

          The Honorable Karen Donohue

          Judge Seattle Municipal Court

          The Honorable Doug Fair

          Judge Edmonds Municipal Court

          The Honorable Michael Finkle

          Judge King County District Court

          The Honorable Beth Fraser

          Judge Snohomish County District Court

          The Honorable Fred Gillings

          Judge Marysville Municipal Court

          The Honorable Michelle Gehlsen

          Judge Bothell Municipal Court

          The Honorable Willie Gregory

          Judge Seattle Municipal Court

          The Honorable Deborah Hayes

          Judge Spokane District Court

          The Honorable Judith Hightower

          Judge Seattle Municipal Court

          The Honorable Jeffrey J. Jahns

          Judge Kitsap County District Court

          The Honorable Judy Rae Jasprica

          Judge Pierce County District Court

          The Honorable Tim Jenkins

          Judge Sumner Municipal Court

          The Honorable Richard B. Kayne

          Judge Medical Lake Municipal Court

          The Honorable C. Kimi Kondo

          Judge Seattle Municipal Court

          The Honorable Michael Lambo

          Judge Kirkland Municipal Court

          The Honorable David Larson

          Presiding Judge Federal Way Municipal Court

          The Honorable Mary Logan

          Presiding Judge Spokane Municipal Court

          The Honorable G. Scott Marinella

          Judge Columbia County District Court

          The Honorable Edward McKenna

          Judge Seattle Municipal Court

          The Honorable Sam Meyer

          Judge Thurston County District Court

          The Honorable Gloria Ochoa

          Judge Spokane Tribal Court

          The Honorable Kelley Olwell

          Judge Yakima Municipal Court

          The Honorable David L. Petersen

          Judge Pasco Municipal Court

          The Honorable Jim Riehl

          Judge Kitsap County District Court

          The Honorable Rebecca Robertson

          Judge Federal Way Municipal Court

          The Honorable Steve Rosen

          Judge Seattle Municipal Court

          The Honorable Ketu Shah

          Judge King County District Court

          The Honorable Tracy Staab

          Judge Spokane Municipal Court

          The Honorable David Steiner

          Judge King County District Court

          The Honorable Kevin Stewart

          Commissioner Spokane Municipal Court

          The Honorable Scott Stewart

          Judge Issaquah Municipal Court

          The Honorable David Svaren

          Judge Skagit County District Court

          The Honorable Michelle Szambelan

          Judge Spokane Municipal Court

          The Honorable Greg Tripp

          Judge Spokane District Court

          The Honorable Elizabeth E. Verhey

          Judge Tacoma Municipal Court

          The Honorable Kim Walden

          Judge Tukwila Municipal Court

          The Honorable Patti Conolly Walker

          Judge Spokane District Court

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          • Renee says:

            Someone posted David Gehrke’s judicial endorsements. Above are Judge Galvan’s judicial endorsement. Compare for yourself.

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  3. Cindy says:

    WE need a judge who Is impartial, who is elected by the people not the city.

    Judge Galvin recused herself from the case involving charges against the DM police officers. If EVER a case needed to be heard that one did.

    We need a judge who is independent of ANY and ALL ties to the city leadership.

    IT is a conflict of interest in ALL instances to rule on a case that involves parties who controls your very job/livelihood. She may have made the ‘right’ decision but it should not have necessary.

    An independently elected judge is the only solution. Unfortunately, I feel Judge Galvin has 6 years of ‘history’ with the city to continue in that capacity at the city level. Judicial positions were never intended to be careers in one jurisdiction. To do so, imo, one becomes too familiar with the position to keep an unbiased approach.

    David Gehrke is ‘exceptionally well qualified’. Des Moines needs a fresh start.

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    • Amber says:

      Both candidates are Des Moines residents. Both are very involved in our community and there is a very good chance that each know police officers working for the city of Des Moines as well as elected city officials. I believe it was professional of judge Galvan to recuse herself from the case and I would expect the same from Gherke as a judge otherwise I would question his ability to identify his own biases. It shows that judge Galvan is a thoughtful woman to be able to identify that she may have a bias in a case against other professionals who work for the same city.

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  4. Pat Nardo says:

    Great commendation here and now we are, along with a good many friends, voting for Judge Veronica Galvan. Thank you for your “guidance”!

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