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Endorsed by EVERY Superior Court Judge in SE Washington!
The Tri-City Herald recommends Judge George Fearing for re-election to the state Appeals Court. Why should I vote for Judge George Fearing? Judge Fearing is endorsed by all fifteen Superior Court judges in the nine counties, from which he is elected. A unanimous endorsement is rare. 
 A Court of Appeals judge should have handled scores of appeals as an attorney. Judge Fearing handled over ninety appeals before becoming a judge. His opponent has handled only two appeals.
 Before Judge Fearing became a judge, the Washington State Bar Association Judicial Qualifications Committee rated him exceptionally well qualified to serve as an appeals court judge. WSBA sectional committees rated him either exceptionally well qualified or well qualified. Judge Fearing’s opponent has never been vetted by a judicial qualifications committee.
 Judge Fearing does not allow politics to influence his decisions.
 Judge Fearing seeks to discern and apply the intent of the drafters of the constitution and drafters of amendments to the constitution. When analyzing statutes, George Fearing seeks to discern and apply the intent of the state legislature. 
 Before becoming a judge, Judge Fearing represented law enforcement officers in civil rights cases. He was honored to represent those who serve and defend us. He is endorsed by prosecuting attorneys and law enforcement officers, including police chiefs and sheriffs. 
 Judge Fearing volunteers his time in educating students and the public about the role and function of the court of appeals. He has also volunteered his time to serve when needed as a substitute Superior Court judge. 
 Judge Fearing knows that each party to a case considers his or her case to be the most important case in the world. Judge Fearing thoroughly reviews each case as if it is the most important case in the world. 
 An appellate judge spends almost all of his or her time reading and writing. Judge Fearing is a bookworm, who enjoys writing. He loves his job and considers it an honor to serve you on the Court of Appeals for eastern Washington. 


October 3, 2016

Our Voice: Fearing is obvious choice for Appeals Court

 

The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board will hold more than 20 interview sessions this election season with candidates vying for our endorsement. After the interviews, members of the editorial board discuss each candidate’s merits. Sometimes, reaching a consensus on who to recommend can be difficult.

 

But sometimes there’s a candidate so well suited for the position that even the person’s opponent acknowledges the superior qualifications. That makes the decision much easier.

 

Such is the case for Judge George Fearing, who is running for re-election for state Appeals Court Division III, District 2.

 

The Washington Court of Appeals is a court designed to take some of the burden off of the state Supreme Court. The state is broken into three divisions, with our area represented by Division III in Spokane. The court hears appeals from the Superior Courts, and orders that effectively eliminate further litigation such as the termination of parental rights and juvenile court proceedings.

 

That means a lot of reading of lower court decisions and forming written opinions. Fearing, who was appointed to the position in 2013 and elected in November of that year, enjoys the work and loves to read the decisions and write his opinions into the kind of prose any layman can understand. And that is a special skill indeed. Often, reading an opinion of a court can be frustrating and require a thesaurus.

 

Fearing, who was an attorney in private practice in Kennewick for 30 years and handled 90 appeals cases before becoming a judge, says he treats every case like it’s the most important in the world, because it is to that person. And we believe him.

 

His sincerity and determination to do what is right by the law now make him a stellar judge, one who is highly recommended by peers and other litigators across the state.

 

The race is a nonpartisan one, meaning that judges are not supposed to declare a political affiliation in the contest. But Fearing’s challenger, Patrick McBurney, hopes to cash in on his party affiliation anyway, without technically violating that campaign rule.

 

McBurney, who has practiced law in the Tri-Cities for 23 years, acknowledges that Fearing is the better candidate and says he’s not going to win based on qualifications. But McBurney believes voters deserve to have two candidates to choose from, and he also believes his political affiliation — though not stated outright — could take him to victory. His campaign signs proclaim him “A Conservative Voice,” and his party affiliation is obvious.

 

Fearing says a judge is about being above politics. We agree. We don’t need poorly qualified judges sitting on the bench just because they found a way to skirt the law and ride partisanship to a political victory.

 

We disagree with his tactics but do agree on one thing: Fearing is, by far, the most qualified candidate.

 

The Tri-City Herald recommends Judge George Fearing for re-election to the state Appeals Court.

 

Fearing says a judge is about being above politics. We agree. We don’t need poorly qualified judges sitting on the bench just because they found a way to skirt the law and ride partisanship to a political victory.

 

We disagree with his tactics but do agree on one thing: Fearing is, by far, the most qualified candidate.

 

The Tri-City Herald recommends Judge George Fearing for re-election to the state Appeals Court.

Fearing, who was an attorney in private practice in Kennewick for 30 years and handled 90 appeals cases before becoming a judge, says he treats every case like it’s the most important in the world, because it is to that person. And we believe him.

 

His sincerity and determination to do what is right by the law now make him a stellar judge, one who is highly recommended by peers and other litigators across the state.

 

The race is a nonpartisan one, meaning that judges are not supposed to declare a political affiliation in the contest. But Fearing’s challenger, Patrick McBurney, hopes to cash in on his party affiliation anyway, without technically violating that campaign rule.

 

McBurney, who has practiced law in the Tri-Cities for 23 years, acknowledges that Fearing is the better candidate and says he’s not going to win based on qualifications. But McBurney believes voters deserve to have two candidates to choose from, and he also believes his political affiliation — though not stated outright — could take him to victory. His campaign signs proclaim him “A Conservative Voice,” and his party affiliation is obvious.

 

Fearing says a judge is about being above politics. We agree. We don’t need poorly qualified judges sitting on the bench just because they found a way to skirt the law and ride partisanship to a political victory.

 

We disagree with his tactics but do agree on one thing: Fearing is, by far, the most qualified candidate.

 

The Tri-City Herald recommends Judge George Fearing for re-election to the state Appeals Court.

 

 

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