Occupational Background: Deputy District Attorney, Linn and Benton Counties, 1973-74, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Benton County, 1975-1977; attorney, mediator and arbitrator emphasizing family law in Corvallis since 1977
Educational Background: University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1973; Washington State University, B.A. 1970
Prior Governmental Experience: Deputy District Attorney, Linn and Benton counties, 1973-1974, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Benton County 1975-1977; Mediator for the circuit courts in Marion and Polk (approx. 1993 to 1996) and Linn and Benton Counties (1990 to 2000). Arbitrator in civil matters for the Benton, Linn and Polk County circuit courts. Arbitrator in domestic relations matters, Linn County Circuit Court 1996 to the present. Commissioner, Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission, 1996 to 2003.
Community Service. Recent service includes Benton County Circuit Court Arbitration and Mediation Commission. Appointed by Governor Kitzhaber as Commissioner, Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission, Vice-chair 2001 and 2003, Chair 2002. Various positions, Troop 144 (Hoover School), Boy Scouts of America.
Family and Personal Background. Hal Harding has resided and worked in Corvallis for 31 years. He is the father of three children, Anika, Paul and Benj, all of whom attended K through 12 in the Corvallis School District. Anika, Benj, and Paul received bachelor's degrees from OSU and are employed in Portland and Reno.
Candidate's Statement. My 31 years of experience as a trial lawyer in both civil and criminal matters, coupled with my record of fairness as a neutral mediator and arbitrator uniquely prepare me to serve the residents of Benton County as Circuit Judge.
Endorsements: "Hal Harding has 31 years of legal experience, with a record of independence and fairness".
- James M. Brown, former Benton County District Attorney and former Oregon Attorney General
- Ed Curtin, teacher
- Martin Bronstein, retired teacher
- Rick LaMont, business owner
- Paula LaMont, business owner
Hal Harding for Circuit Judge