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Sussman seeks election to Pierce County District Court

Post by David Wickert on April 13, 2010 at 10:59 am |
April 13, 2010 10:59 am

District Court Pro-Tem Judge Claire Sussman has announced she will seek election to the court in November.

Sussman will seek to replace District Court Judge David Kenworthy, who is retiring.

“The citizens of Pierce County deserve an experienced replacement for Judge Kenworthy who can continue the court’s strong record of performance,” Sussman said in a press release announcing her candidacy.

“As a deputy prosecutor, I won some of the most difficult trials, including attempted murder, sexual assault and felony domestic violence cases while working hard to ensure that the victims of these crimes were protected,” she said.

Sussman spent six years as a deputy prosecutor and has served as a substitute (or pro-tem) judge for the last seven years.

Sussman will have competition for Kenworthy’s Position 2 District Court seat. Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin McCann recently announced he will seek the job.

You can read Sussman’s press release below.

For Immediate Release – April 12, 2010

Judge Pro-Tem Claire Sussman Announces Bid For District Court Seat, Position 2

Pierce County, WA – Citing the need for an “experienced” replacement for retiring District Court Judge David Kenworthy, long-time District Court Pro-Tem Judge, Claire Sussman has announced her candidacy for the open seat on the District Court Bench that will be vacated by Judge Kenworthy’s retirement.

A former Deputy Prosecutor for Pierce County for six years, Sussman has served as a substitute or Pro-Tem Judge on over 20,000 cases in the past seven years.

“The citizens of Pierce County deserve an experienced replacement for Judge Kenworthy who can continue the Court’s strong record of performance,” Sussman stated, “As a Deputy Prosecutor, I won some of the most difficult trials, including attempted murder, sexual assault, and felony domestic violence cases while working hard to ensure that the victims of these crimes were protected.”

“As a Pro-Tem Judge for over 20,000 cases, I’ve held offenders accountable for their actions and I have earned a strong reputation for my dedication, work ethic, and knowledge of the law. As a full-time District Court Judge, I will bring that same level of dedication and preparation to each of the cases I hear.”

In addition to her responsibilities as a Pro-Tem Judge, Claire is also an attorney in private practice. Claire earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and obtained her Juris Doctor  (cum laude) at the University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University School of Law). Claire and her husband, Adam Birnbaum, a Puyallup attorney, have two sons and reside in the Puyallup area.

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For additional information, please contact Claire Sussman at (253) 864-6540 or info@clairesussmanforjudge.org

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