Mount Vernon, Washington- District Court Judge David Svaren announced today that he will run for position three on the Skagit County Superior Court bench this fall.
A seventeen year veteran of District Court, Svaren says his experience as a judge and as an attorney for an additional seventeen years before that makes him the most qualified candidate for the position. “Superior Court is the highest level of trial court in the state,” Svaren stated, “and the people of Skagit County deserve to have the most experienced candidate in that position.”
Prior to becoming a judge, Svaren owned Twede & Svaren, a law firm in Burlington. He served as part time City Attorney for Burlington and also represented a wide range of clients including banks, fire protection and dike districts, local businesses and private individuals.
Judge Svaren points to his 1985 lawsuit where he represented the estates of people killed in the 1985 Cascade River Community Club mudslide as an example of his wide-ranging practice. This variety of clients gives him extensive experience in both civil and criminal matters, and he asserts that this experience together with his years on the District Court bench, makes him the best qualified candidate for the Superior Court position.
In Skagit County District Court (which includes Anacortes, Burlington and Mount Vernon municipal courts) Judge Svaren has served as Presiding Judge, overseeing the administration of the courts for eleven of his seventeen years on the bench. Over the years he has worked tirelessly to improve the court, setting up new programs and procedures, such as electronic search warrants and paperless filing and retention systems, which have improved the efficiency of the court and provided better service to Skagit County residents.
On the state level, Judge Svaren has served on numerous judicial committees and is the current chair of the Presiding Judges’ Education Committee. He was elected President of the Washington State District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association in 2013 and has taught new judges at the Washington State Judicial College for nine years.
“It takes judgment, knowledge and experience to be a good Superior Court Judge”, Svaren said. “I possess those traits and I would be honored to serve the citizens of Skagit County as a Superior Court Judge.”