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September 24, 2020: Washington State Court of Appeals overview and candidate debate with Candidates Tracy Staab and Marshall Casey.

The Washington State Court of Appeals makes decisions each year that affect each of us in our professional and personal lives with decisions on such issues as education funding, a business owner’s right to refuse service to customers based on their sexual orientation, as well as issues touching on gun control, landlord/tenant relations, collective bargaining, land use, growth management, and taxation. Regardless of your position on these issues or the myriad of other cases that our state court of appeals decides each year, you will want to hear from each candidate for our court of appeals so that you make an informed decision when you send in your ballot this year. 
 
The candidates are very interested in hearing from you since voters play a critical role in deciding who should be judges in our state. Accordingly, accurate and meaningful information must be available to voters to assist them in making an informed choice about judicial candidates. Voters need to know whether a candidate has the essential qualities to be a good judge: integrity, knowledge of the law, intelligence and common sense, freedom from bias to apply the law fairly, and the background and skills to preside over a  courtroom with dignity and courtesy to all participants. 
 
Judicial candidates are, however, limited in discussing certain subjects. For example, judicial candidates are not allowed by the Canons of Judicial Conduct to discuss their views on disputed legal or political issues. The reason for this is that judges must be apolitical arbiters of the law. Therefore, they must not make promises during campaigns about how they might rule or otherwise suggest that they have prejudged a case they have not yet heard. 
 
Out of respect for these limitations placed on our judicial candidates, we are requesting that you pre-submit your questions for review so that this debate is productive and respectful. Please submit your proposed question to the Rotary Office by 12:00 noon on September 22, 2020. The program team will review your question and suggest modifications if appropriate.

About the candidates: 

Tracy Staab
Current Spokane Municipal Court Judge for 11 years; accomplished attorney for 16 years with ten years focused on appeals. Extensive experience in civil and criminal law. Other professional experience includes
Former Board member, Spokane Regional Law, and Justice Council; Former Board Member District and Municipal Court Judges Association; Washington State Pattern Forms Committee; Former Adjunct Professor of Business Law at North Idaho College. CLICK HERE to view more information about Tracy Staab. 
 
Marshall Casey
 Practicing attorney: 10 years. Private practice with appeals/trial/mediation/arbitration experience in multiple areas including first amendment rights, property rights, financial and consumer protection, personal injury, land use, and insurance. Other professional experience includes 9 years at a large financial institution where I was appointed a Vice President. Owned my law firm for 7 years. On the Board of Governors for the Washington State Association of Justice. CLICK HERE to view more information about Marshall Casey.

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October 1, 2020: Washington State 5th Congressional District candidate debate with Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dave Wilson.

The Washington State 5th Congressional District encompasses nearly 1/3 of the entire state with many diverse rural communities across Eastern Washington with Spokane as the largest urban area in the district.  Agriculture is a central subject in the district with issues ranging from farm subsidies, water rights, farm labor/immigration subjects, and international trade agreements. The 5th District has also featured prominently in national politics and as such it perpetually draws contenders as well as keen attention from across the country.
 
Please pre-submit your questions for review so that this debate is productive and respectful. Please submit your proposed question to the Rotary Office by 12:00 noon on September 28, 2020. The program team will review your question and suggest modifications if appropriate.
 
About the candidates:
 
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
 
Cathy served in the Washington State House, and while there, earned her Executive MBA from UW. In 2004, Cathy became the 200th woman elected to Congress. In the last two years, Cathy has co-sponsored 39 bills passed in the House, ten of which have been signed into law. These have included data security and privacy protections, modernizing the farm workforce, connecting small and medium-sized farms to food banks, and more.  CLICK HERE to view more information about Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
 
Dave Wilson
 
I am originally from a small town in Illinois. After graduating from college in Iowa, I moved to Los Angeles to try living in a big city. I went to work for the first national retail chain that sold personal computers, three years later I was transferred to Spokane by that company and have lived here ever since. In 2014 and 2016 I ran for Congress as an Independent, the Spokesman-Review endorsed me both elections, and I set a record for the number of votes received by an Independent candidate. In 2018, I ran for the Washington State House of Representatives as a Democrat in the 6th Legislative District. CLICK HERE to view more information about Dave Wilson.
 
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