Party: No party
City: Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated with a bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies from Western Washington University in 1990. Earned law degree from University of Puget Sound in 1993. Political experience: Appointed as a Spokane Municipal Court Judge by Mayor Mary Verner in 2009. Won elections to the bench in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
Work experience: Worked for a civil law firm in Seattle before moving to Ellensburg in 1995 and starting her own private practice as the contract prosecutor for the city. In 1999, moved to Spokane and worked four years as a law clerk at the Court of Appeals. Began working as an appellate attorney for the city public defender’s office in 2003, and in 2005, began working as the appellate attorney for the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington until her appointment to the bench.
Family: Married to Scott Staab. Has one daughter.
Fundraising: Raised more than $72,000 in cash and in-kind contributions as of Wednesday, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. Staab is the largest contributor to her own campaign, with $49,000 of her own cash invested in the race. Other major contributors include several local law offices, including the Law Office of Thomas Jarrard, the Kuhlman Law Office and Phelps and Associates. Staab also has received contributions from the Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific Northwest.
Adam Papini knows he’s probably not going to win, but that doesn’t bother him. What does, he said, is how his colleagues, friends and confidants assumed that when he was charged with driving under the influence in June, it automatically meant he was guilty. Even lawyers and judges, who are supposed to presume innocence until the six-letter word is spoken by a jury, or a plea deal is entered, immediately treated him differently.
Incumbent Judge Tracy Staab has been a solid judge on a court known for innovation and alternatives to jail time.