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Linda Tompkins

A candidate for Superior Court Judge, position 10, Spokane County in the 2016 Washington General Election, Nov. 8


Age: 69

City: Liberty Lake, WA

Education: Graduated Bonners Ferry High School 1970. BA in Political Science from the University of Idaho, 1974. JD from Gonzaga Law School, 1983.

Professional experience: Appointed to Spokane County Superior Court in 1997 and re-elected for every term since. Has served as drug court, presiding, family law and trial judge. Worked as a clerk in the Washington Court of Appeals Division III, 1983- 87, and as a lawyer at Lukins & Annis from 1987-97 handling family law, appellate, employment and business cases.

Political experience: Served on Central Valley school board from 1983-95. Served on governor’s transportation commission from 1993-97. In 2008 judicial election she defeated challenger David Stevens with 71 percent of the vote.

Family: Married. Has two grown children.

Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Linda Tompkins 109,049 60.88%
Ward Andrews 70,071 39.12%

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