Introducing Cathy Marshall
Race for Clallam County District 1 Judge
On Election Day, when voters see the judicial elections on the ballot, how many skip them? Do they just guess who to vote for? Or do they just select a familiar name?
The decisions that judges make impact our lives, both directly and indirectly. It is our responsibility to vote for judges we can trust to make impartial decisions based on fair consideration of the facts and law. We need to trust that our judges can make impartial decisions without the influence of political and economic pressures. We need judges who are respectful and empathetic to all people in our community but who will also hold people accountable for their actions. That is why it is so important to vote for qualified people to be judges.
Meet Cathy Marshall, Assistant Attorney General at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Marshall will challenge Rick Porter for Clallam County District No. 1 Judge in this November’s election.
Marshall is a graduate of the University of Utah where she earned her BA degree and then attended Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School receiving her JD degree in 1993. She has been in private practice, worked as a public defender and has now worked for the Attorney General's Office for the past nine years. For the past four years she has worked in the Port Angeles Regional Services Office of the AGO. Marshall also has a long history of community involvement including working with Clallam Jefferson Pro Bono Lawyers to help start Law at the Landing, a free legal clinic offering pro bono services to low-income residents.
When asked why she was running for District Court Judge she promptly responded, “As cliché as this may sound, it’s time for a change and I can bring a new perspective to this position.” Marshall goes on to say, “Over the past few years, I have heard from people in the community and members of the legal community that my opponent is not really doing the job he should be doing.”
Along with many, Marshall is critical of Judge Porter’s Pay or Appear program where non-payers can be arrested for not paying fines. According to a recent statement from the ACLU, “Across the country, cash-strapped cities and counties are throwing poor defendants in jail for failing to pay legal debts that they can never hope to manage”. Remember, “these people are not felons; they are people with traffic tickets and other misdemeanors,” Marshall asserts.
“The Pay or Appear program has been framed by my opponent as being a moneymaker for the city and county,” said Marshall. “But the high costs of running the program is not financially sustainable. Consequently, the number of people going to jail has increased, furthering the burden on the city, county and other agencies to keep up with mounting incarceration costs.”
“I would do away with the Pay or Appear program,” Marshall says. Alternatively, Marshall plans to implement a collections service similar to the system used in Forks District 2 where neither the county nor the city will be responsible for administration. “It’s working really well in Forks”, said Marshall. “And there’s no reason why it can’t work equally as well in the rest of the county.”
If you are interested in learning more about both candidates keep an eye out for local forums in the future.
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