Letter: Larsen should withdraw from Superior Court race

I visited votingforjudges.com, as a letter writer suggested. This is a non-partisan and independent website that publishes information on voting for judges.

In reviewing the two candidates vying for the open judicial seat in Snohomish County, I saw that Rico Tessandore has 10 years judicial experience to Larsen’s zero, and that he has been evaluated by four separate non-partisan and independent Judicial Evaluation Committees as Exceptionally and Well Qualified, whereas Larsen has refused to be evaluated.

I learned that Larsen has refused to participate in evaluations or forums, likely because of disturbing information: the Public Disclosure Commission found Larsen to be a part of unethical and unlawful misconduct, together with the elected sheriff and the elected prosecutor.

A report prepared by government investigators, dated September 15, 2016, with over 100 pages of exhibits, found that Larsen accepted illegal and large contributions from special interest PAC. This means that she either deliberately violated the law or that she is so ignorant of the law she should be disqualified from being judge. There also appears to be considerable evidence of a cover-up, and now the Attorney General is getting involved. (See the Sept. 23 article, “PDC asks attorney general to investigate judicial candidate.”)

We, your readers, deserve to know this information. I believe a candidate for judge must withdraw if they are found to have violated the law, as Larsen has here.

Here are the links to the things I mention: tinyurl.com/HeraldLetterTessandore and tinyurl.com/PDCLarsen.

Lori Nellessen

Lynnwood

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