Judge Laura Riquelme is running to keep her position as Superior Court Judge. She is the only candidate who has the range of judicial experience you would want if it were you or a family member in court facing a judge.

As one of Skagit County’s four current Superior Court Judges, Judge Laura has presided over hundreds proceedings covering the wide range of cases heard in Superior Court. This includes more than 50 jury and non-jury trials since 2016. She has learned on the job what it takes to sit on the bench. She has seen both sides of the criminal legal system in Skagit County, serving this community both as a Public Defender and as a Deputy Prosecutor.

“I appreciate the variety of experience it takes to handle issues that are very real and central to the lives of Skagitonians and local businesses,” she said. “I have worked in criminal law and seen the impact crime and its causes have on our community. I also have experience presiding over family law cases, which has an impact on families from all backgrounds. In every case, it is critical to follow the law and be fair to both parties so people can have a just and timely decision and move forward with their lives.”

Judge Laura is a wife to a recreation expedition leader and mother to a ten year-old son. She’s currently President of the Madison Elementary Parent Teachers Organization and an Executive Committee Board member for Community Action of Skagit County (which provides various services to a quarter of Skagit County’s families to lift them out of poverty). She’s also the Scholarship Chair for Skagit Women in Business, which provides scholarships to women following breaks in their education.

Prior to being a judge, Judge Riquelme served on Mount Vernon City Library Board of Trustees, volunteered in support of local school measures, instructed English as a Second Language, coached a youth soccer team, and served as president of her former union (AFSME Local 176-PD). She has volunteered her time in legal clinics with the Skagit County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program to assist people who could not afford to hire attorneys for their civil legal needs.

“I’ve worked day and night to help people in our community achieve justice. Whether it be over criminal actions or custody disputes, no two days as a judge are alike. Every day is an education on justice, the rule of law, and the resources we have to keep the peace,” the Judge said. “It’s a job I love. I would greatly appreciate your support to keep me on the bench serving Skagit County.”

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Judge Riquelme in the Media

Below are links to some additional resources to learn more about the work Judge Riquelme is doing and why she is running for Superior Court. In Writing: In a questionnaire for the Skagit Valley Herald, Judge Riquelme answers what she thinks the biggest challenge is for our courts today and the ways she is already … Continued

Taking Time for Our Youth

Judges need to be connected to the communities they serve while also contributing to the public’s knowledge and understanding of how the court system works.  Judge Laura is dedicated to being an ambassador of the courts, particularly in terms of connecting with local youth. This work began in 2016 when Judge Laura hosted student groups … Continued

August/September Updates

The campaign is taking a moment to reflect on all the things as we transitioned from summer into fall. Doorbelling: Most people want to get a feel for the candidates before casting their votes, which is why Judge Laura and various volunteers have been out doorbelling at every opportunity. We have been knocking on doors … Continued

Thanks to the League of Women Voters for hosting last night's forum, which was the only free forum to cover this race. If you missed the event, a recording will air on KSVR Thursday evening and be available in its online recordings. ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to the League of Women Voters for hosting last nights forum, which was the only free forum to cover this race. If you missed the event, a recording will air on KSVR Thursday evening and be available in its online recordings.

 

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Sorry I couldn't make it!! I had another meeting. You have my support!!