Patrick T. Johnson
City: Spokane, WA
Political experience: First run for office.
Work experience: An attorney with the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office since 1998, first on misdemeanor cases, then as a felony prosecutor. For last 17 years has defended active duty military members as a major in the U.S. Army Reserves Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Served four years of military experience after enlisting in 1988 as a psychological operations specialist in the U.S. Army until 1992.
Education: Graduated from Phoenix High School in Medford, Oregon in 1987. Earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from CEntral Washington University in 1994 after taking a short break to join the military. Gradated from Gonzaga School of Law with honors in 1998.
Family: Married. Has three children.
Patrick Johnson emerged as front-runner in the race for Spokane County District Court Judge, securing 39.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Johnson was one of three challengers vying to become Spokane County’s new district court judge after Judge Vance Peterson announced his retirement at the end of the year.
Judge Vance Peterson’s planned retirement at the end of the year has drawn three challengers vying to become Spokane County’s newest district court judge. All three have lived in Spokane for decades, some born and raised. All three graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law and spent years working as attorneys. Where they diverge is the experience – particularly, whether they’ve already donned the black robes.
A candidate running for district court judge may be in violation of state judicial conduct rules by advertising possibly misleading information to voters.