A range of experience has given Eric Newman good perspective on the demands and consequences of serving as a judge.

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THE strong group of candidates running for King County Superior Court Judge Position 44 bodes well for a seat that has an outsized effect on the lives of individuals and families.

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Eric Newman

Eric Newman

King County Superior Court Judge Position 44

Strengths: Extensive legal and community experience, has perspective on the demands and consequences of serving as a judge.

Newman edges out the other candidates because of the breadth of his experience, including three years serving as judge pro tempore in King County District Court."

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One will replace Superior Court Judge Ronald Kessler, who is not seeking re-election after spending more than 30 years as a Superior Court and Municipal Court judge.

All three candidates — Eric Newman, Jackson Schmidt and Catherine Moore — have extensive legal and community experience and endorsements from prominent jurists and community leaders.

Yet Newman edges out the other candidates because of his approach and the breadth of his experience, including three years serving as judge pro tempore in King County District Court, and judicial philosophy.

Newman, an Air Force veteran with the Seattle firm of Rocke Law Group, worked as a juvenile-court detention officer before becoming a lawyer. He’s also taught and mentored at Seattle University and through professional organizations.

That range of experience has given Newman good perspective on the demands and consequences of serving as a judge and the profound effect judges have on people in the court and community.

Schmidt, a principal at Seattle firm Pepple Cantu Schmidt, has been an outstanding steward of Pike Place Market through long service on its board. But he lacks bench experience.

Moore is an attorney who has been a judge pro tem and commissioner pro tem in King County Superior Court, as well as a tribal drug court judge and a state administrative law judge. She has been legal counsel to her family’s landscaping business since late 2014.

King County voters should choose Newman for this important job.

Information in this editorial, originally published July 22, 2016, was corrected July 25, 2016., to clarify Catherine Moore’s judicial experience. It also corrected Eric Newman’s law firm.