Civil division chief enters race for Snohomish County prosecutor

Jason Cummings has worked in the office for 23 years. He hopes to succeed Adam Cornell, who is not seeking re-election.

Jason Cummings (Contributed photo)

Jason Cummings (Contributed photo)

EVERETT — Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Jason Cummings kicked off his campaign Thursday to become the next Snohomish County prosecutor.

Cummings, a Democrat, is seeking to succeed his boss Adam Cornell, who will not seek re-election in 2022.

In a statement announcing his candidacy, Cummings vowed to “prioritize the safety of every neighbor, ensure the Prosecutor’s Office provides accurate and unbiased legal services, and will exercise prosecutorial discretion to best serve our diverse community.”

Cummings is in his 23rd year with the Snohomish County prosecutor’s office. He has been chief civil deputy the past 14 years. Today, he oversees the civil division’s 35 attorneys and staff, and he also manages the department’s $30 million budget.

The Democrat, 50, also said he serves as lead on the Data Collection Initiative launched earlier this year by Cornell. The project is envisioned as a means to collect data across Snohomish County’s criminal justice system, including the prosecutor’s office, the courts and police agencies, to shed light on whether certain groups, particularly people of color, are disproportionately impacted.

Raised in Edmonds, Cummings graduated from Edmonds High School and the University of Washington before earning his law degree at the Seattle University School of Law 1996.

He lives in Edmonds with his wife and their two children.

Jerry Cornfield: jcornfield@heraldnet.com; 360-352-8623; Twitter: @dospueblos.

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