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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Letter of Support from Commissioner Karen Lerner (ret.)

The typical voter does not have much contact with our court system. As a result, most voters have not had the opportunity to develop a sense of what qualities it takes to excel as a superior court judge. As a former practicing attorney and superior court commissioner, I worked with many impressive elected and appointed … Continued

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Get to know Judge Laura Riquelme and more about why she is the more qualified candidate for Superior Court in several short videos.  Learn more about her background and experience, as well as why supporters are voting to  Keep Judge Laura.  Tambien hay video en español.   Judge Laura Riquelme introduces herself and why she … Continued

Community Members Voice Support for Judge Laura

Judicial races matter for our community and in the lives of regular people. Most individuals will have contact with the court system at some point in their lives, whether through their own personal experience or a family members. Below are just some examples of why individuals from all over Skagit County are choosing to vote to … Continued

It's official! I was sworn in this afternoon to the term to which I was elected. I am honored to have your support and will do my best to live up to the trust you have put in me. Videos are in the comments. ... See MoreSee Less

Its official! I was sworn in this afternoon to the term to which I was elected. I am honored to have your support and will do my best to live up to the trust you have put in me. Videos are in the comments.

 

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In case anyone is really interested, here are two videos my husband shot during and immediately following the ceremony.

I should have added this as well. We had a great crowd (someone counted 98 people) for what I initially hoped would be a small, private ceremony.

What an encouraging example of community engagement with a rewarding result. Thank you, Judge Laura, for all your hard work and dedication to strong, humane leadership. Thank you to thousands of voters who noticed.

Sorry I missed this one but so glad Richard took the video and you shared it.

Congratulations! So happy to have the pleasure to work with you!

Sad I missed it! Had to teach. A wonderful photo, and an amazing thing for our county that you’re here serving 🙂 thanks Judge Riquelme! 🙂

I wish we could have been there to celebrate with you, so proud of you and the way you ran your campaign. Congratulations, Judge Riquelme!

Congratulations! Honored to know such a strong, inspiring person!

So proud of you and your campaign. You will be so great. Thanks for your service.

Sorry I missed it. Really wanted to be there. Great work Laura.

Congratulations! I knew you had this! So happy for you

Congratulations so happy about this🤗

Laura - congratulations. SO glad for your commitment to justice in our community. Wish I could have been more actively involved. I was out of town until last night.

And I was honored to be there! Congrats, Judge!

Fantastic! You will do such a good job....they are fortunate to have you, Laura!

Congratulations Judge Riquelme!!

Congrats Judge Riquelme.

Bravo Laura Quelle grande et belle mission Je te félicite et t'embrasse

Congrats Laura so happy for you and our community!!!!

Congrats!

Congrats!!

Estoy tan feliz muchas felicidades 😊😘

Hooray!!! Congratulations, Laura!

Congratulations!

Congratulations, Laura!

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