Most local judicial races are a bit dull, and unfortunately voters don’t pay much attention to them. However, this is not the case for the race between incumbent Judge Debra Hayes and her challenger Tim Note for the District Court, Position 6, in Spokane County. There have been a number of spirited exchanges among the candidates and their supporters about face book pages, missed work, and the ability to get a fair trial. We hope the posted interviews of the candidates that were conducted over the last couple weeks will provide some additional, more objective information.Pin It
This interview of Judge Debra Hayes was conducted by Bryan E. Burke, Exec. Director of Eastern Washington Voters on Thursday, September 16, 2010 and Sunday, September 19, 2010. Deborah Hayes later approved these notes for accuracy.
What is your background? I grew up in the Northern part of the county on a farm that my dad worked but did not own. There were 4 kids in the family. We were quite poor but I did not realize it until I entered junior high and the differences became obvious. I graduated from Riverside High School. Following graduation, I spent time as a stay-at-home mom, then worked as a bank teller, supervisor for the savings department, and was then promoted, and I spent some time as a stay at home mother.Pin It
What is your background? I grew up in the North West, and attended college at the University of Montana. However, I got my degree from Oregon State in political science. I worked in the trucking industry as an operations manager before attending law school (and I still maintain my class A CDL). I move to Spokane to go to law school, at Gonzaga, on a merit scholarship, in 2001. I graduated on time in 2003, and then I worked full time for six months with University Legal Assistance that gives free legal help. I took the bar in February of 2004. I interned with the public defender office, and was hoping to get a job with them but one did not open up. I then went to work as an associate with David Hearrean’s law firm doing defense work. I started my own office in May of 2008.Pin It