CANDIDATE PROFILES - Part-time Walla Walla District Court Judge

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Bridie Monahan Hood

Age: 40.

Current practice: All aspects of family law including the county contract to represent low-/no-income parents in dependencies.

Education and experience: I completed my B.A. in philosophy and J.D. from The University of Idaho. I began working for Roach amp; Monahan in 1996. In 2008 I formed Monahan-Hood with Dick Monahan, and now continue as the sole attorney. I recently learned the responsibilities of a District Court judge at a training sponsored by the District and Municipal Court Judges Association and the Washington State Bar association.

Community service: I handle pro bono family law cases through the Blue Mountain Action Council and have led no-cost clinics to help clients prepare court documents. I served on the Children's Museum of Walla Walla Board and as president of the Sharpstein Elementary School PTA.

Why I am the best qualified for the judge's position: My practice is focused in Walla Walla County working with and against a broad demographic. This experience with a variety of people in our county makes me uniquely qualified to listen to all parties who appear in court with patience, compassion and fairness. I treat every person with dignity and respect. Because my practice has required me to be frequently in the court room, I recognize and respect that the judge's role is different than the classic advocacy role of an attorney. I will listen to and hear all sides of a dispute before rendering any decisions. I know the law and will apply it ethically, and with common sense, to the facts of each case. I am committed to public service and the proper administration of justice.

Kristian E. Hedine

Age: 54.

Current practice: Private practice -- Virtual In-House Counsel, PLLC

Education and experience: Bachelors of Science -- Psychology: University of Washington, 1978; Juris Doctor: University of Kansas, 1982.

Community service: Former president and board member of Walla Walla Community Hospice; former president and board member of Fort Walla Walla Museum; former president and board member of Library Foundation of Milton-Freewater, Inc.; tutor -- Project READ.

Why I am the best qualified for the judge's position: I have much more experience than my opponent. I serve as a judge pro tem in the Walla Walla District Court and have done so for the past several years. I have practiced law for 28 years in Walla Walla, including 13 years as the Walla Walla assistant city attorney. As the assistant city attorney, I was the chief prosecutor in the Municipal Court and handled both jury and non-jury trials. I have handled cases (including jury and bench trials) not only in Walla Walla Superior Court and Walla Walla District Court, but also in numerous other counties in Eastern Washington and Oregon, as well as in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and U.S. District Court. I have filed and argued numerous appeals in both the state and federal appellate courts. In addition to representing businesses, organizations and individuals, I am the city attorney for Waitsburg and Prescott. I have received extensive formal mediation training and have served as a mediator numerous times. My legal and judicial experience is unmatched in this race.

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