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Tracy Staab

Biography​

Name:  Tracy Staab

Party:     

Race:    City of Spokane, Judge, Court of Appeals, Division III

Incumbent:     No

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Background

Education

JD, Seattle University School of Law cum laude 1993

BA Paralegal Studies Western Washington University, 1990

 

Work & Military

27 years of legal experience

11 years as a judge

16 years as an accomplished attorney including ten years focused on appeals

Experience in civil and criminal law, as a prosecutor and defense attorney.

 

Affiliations

Owner at Life Center Foursquare Church for 19 years

Life Center Executive Council (2011 – 2014 and 2017 to Present)

Executive Officer for Cliff/Cannon Neighborhood Committee (2004 -2007)

Member of Women in Rotary (2009)

Rotary 21 (2018 – 2019)

Board Member, Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council (2017 – 2019)

Washington State Pattern Forms Committee (2010 to Present)

Chairperson of the Courts of Limited Jurisdiction Subcommittee (2018 to Present)

District and Municipal Court Judges Association (DMCJA) Board of Directors (2014 – 2017)

DMCJA Rules Committee (2010 – 2014)

DMCJA Technology Committee (2011 – 2014)

JIS Policy Workgroup Committee (2010 – 2014)

 

Offices

Three terms as a Spokane Municipal Court Judge

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Endorsements

Washington State Supreme Court
Chief Justice Debra Stephens, Justice Mary Fairhurst (Ret.)
Justice Susan Owens, Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud
Justice G. Helen Whitener Commissioner Michael Johnston

Court of Appeals
Chief Judge Rebecca Pennell Judge Stephen Brown (Ret.)
Judge Ken Kato (Ret.)

Superior Court
Judge Rachelle Anderson Judge Paul Bastine (Ret.) Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren
Judge Ellen Clark (Ret.) Judge Ray Clary Judge John Cooney
Judge Terri Eitzen (Ret.) Judge Tony Hazel Judge Jim Murphy (Ret.)
Judge Annette Plese Judge Michael Price Judge Shelley Szambelan
Judge Kathleen O’Connor (Ret.) Judge Richard Schroeder (Ret.)
Kevin Stewart (Court Commissioner) Nichole Swennumson (Court Commissioner)
Judge Linda Tompkins (Ret.) Judge Chris Culp (Okanogan)
Judge Rebecca Baker (Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille) (Ret.)
Judge Patrick Monasmith (Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille)
Judge Jessica Taylor Reeves (Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille)

District Court and Municipal Court
Judge Jen Fassbender Judge Debra Hayes Judge John Hart (Whitman)
Judge Patrick Johnson Judge Dan Johnson (Lincoln) Judge Richard Leland
Judge Aimee Maurer Judge Jeff Smith Judge Vance Peterson (Ret)
Judge Matthew Antush Judge Mary Logan Judge Charles Short (Okanogan)
Judge Angelle Gerl (Airway Hts Mun) Judge Robin McCroskey (Pend Oreille)

Other Elected Officials
Breean Beggs, David Condon
Spokane City Council President Former Spokane Mayor
Michael Cathcart, Mike Allen
Spokane City Councilmember Former Spokane Councilmember
Annie Lawson
Colville City Council

Major Contributions
Questionnaire

1. Should legislative requirements take precedence over judicial discretion when sentencing criminals?

               Yes 

2. There has been a movement to replace our current Electoral College System with the popular vote of the people. Do you agree that the Electoral College System should be abolished?

               Disagree

3. Do you believe that government should protect the right of the people to keep and bear arms in protection of one’s self, family, property, and country?

                Yes 

4. Do you see value in Community courts (Therapeutic) and pre-trial services?

                Yes 

5. Do you agree that the Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses?

                Did not answer – Judicial ethics prohibit a judicial candidate from suggesting how they might decide an issue that comes before the court. The issues in these three questions have been raised in court in the past, and may come before the court in the future. As a Judge, I take an oath to apply the law and the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, regardless of my personal beliefs.

6. George Washington’s comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars ofcivil society” is still true today.

                Agree 

7. The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than using a strict constructionist or originalist approach in judicial decisions.

                Disagree

8. There are times when American judges should alter U.S. case law in order to comply with foreign case law.

                Disagree

9. I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

                No

10. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct?

                No

11. Are the rights of the individual a higher concern over the social policy expressed in law?

                Did not answer – Are individual rights a higher concern than social policy? Sometimes. The Bill of Rights contains individual rights that override society policies. On the other hand, the Legislature frequently enacts statutes that reflect the social policy of the majority.

12. Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

                Agree

13. Do you believe that electing justices by district rather than our current statewide election would provide better representation for Eastern Washington?

                Yes

14. Should governments discriminate against individuals, organizations, or businesses because of their beliefs on politically divisive issues such as marriage, gender definition,and/or abortion?

                Did not answer – Judicial ethics prohibit a judicial candidate from suggesting how they might decide an issue that comes before the court. The issues in these three questions have been raised in court in the past, and may come before the court in the future. As a Judge, I take an oath to apply the law and the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, regardless of my personal beliefs.

15. Do you promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical beliefs?

                Yes 

16. I vote in primaries and general elections.

                Yes

17. Do you believe that the adoption of sentencing guidelines has had a positive effect on the criminal justice system?

                Agree

18. Do you believe that capital punishment has a place in our criminal justice system?

                Did not answer – Judicial ethics prohibit a judicial candidate from suggesting how they might decide an issue that comes before the court. The issues in these three questions have been raised in court in the past, and may come before the court in the future. As a Judge, I take an oath to apply the law and the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, regardless of my personal beliefs.

19. In order to provide justice for all, any systemic problems in our judicial system should be corrected legislatively rather than judicially.

                Disagree

20. Do you agree that any delay between an arrest and the ultimate disposition of a criminal defendant is an issue that must be addressed?

                Agree