I was disturbed to read a recent letter to the editor regarding Anna Alexander, running for Superior Court Judge, Position 7, against incumbent Judge Edirin Okoloko. Ms. Alexander was portrayed as a champion of victims.
I worked in the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office for nearly 30 years, many of which were spent supervising the Special Assault Unit, prosecuting crimes committed against child and adult victims. Edirin Okoloko was a deputy prosecutor during that time, and I saw the thoughtful and caring way he represented child and adult victims. He was one of the most exceptional deputy prosecutors I have known. Since becoming a judge, he has maintained his respectful approach to victims and accused alike. He was rated No. 1 in the Snohomish County Bar Poll by attorneys on both sides of the courtroom.
During my tenure, Ms. Alexander, specialized in defending those accused of committing sex crimes against children and adults.
I believe it is important to know who we are actually voting for. The letter and Ms. Alexander’s campaign literature do not mention Ms. Alexander’s long career representing those charged with sex crimes, and I felt it was important to write this letter to set the record straight.
Lisa D. Paul