City: Latah, WA
Education: Graduated from Gonzaga University in 1994. Earned a law degree from Gonzaga School of Law in 1997.
Political experience: None.
Work experience: Was a public defender for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians out of law school before becoming a public defender for the city of Spokane. In 2000, began working as a city prosecutor where he’s remained since.
Family: Declined to comment on marital status. Has a school-aged son.
Top priorities: He would like to shake up the current court system by pushing for a more streamlined approach when it comes to access to justice. He wants to make finding courtrooms easier for plaintiffs and defendants, and has been vocal about the court’s lack of compassion for people who cannot make court dates during the day if they have jobs or other priorities that conflict. He also would like to look at the court’s spending and see if there is room to tighten the budget and redirect funds in areas that need it.