Judge of the Circuit Court
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David B


Occupation: Attorney.

Occupational Background: Columbia County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney 1989-1996; Peterson & Herr, Associate Attorney 1996-2002; David B Herr P.C., Sole Practitioner 2002-Present.

Educational Background: Oregon State University, Bachelor of Science-American Studies; Northwestern School of Law Lewis & Clark College, Juris Doctor.

Prior Governmental Experience: Deputy District Attorney, Columbia County.

In Columbia County we have only three judges. Therefore all three must be fair, organized, experienced, and professional. I will bring to the Columbia County bench a serious work ethic, decisiveness, patience and respect for those I serve.

Sometimes we underestimate how much the public benefits when the courts operate in a timely manner. Slow decisions and docketing can cause great stress to those served by the court system. Justice delayed is justice denied, so I will strive to bring cases to a timely but well considered conclusion. I will be open minded, with an appreciation for people's problems, but with an ability to make tough decisions. I will roll-up my sleeves and deal with the paper work that is an inevitable part of the legal process.

For 19 years I have successfully advocated for clients of different backgrounds, in a variety of areas of the law. Therefore, I have not concentrated on advocating for a certain segment of the community. I will use this experience in both civil and criminal law to make knowledgeable and impartial decisions.

I have lived in Columbia County since graduating from law school. My wife Jill and I are lucky to have raised our children Larissa and Nathan in this wonderful community which I hope to serve.

Partial list of Endorsements:

Steve Atchison, Columbia County District Attorney.
Richard K. Mickelson, Sr. Judge.
Wally Thompson, Columbia County Justice Court Judge.
Charles Wardle, Rainier Municipal Court Judge.
Scott Burge, Mayor of the City of Scappoose.
St. Helens Police Association.
Vernonia Police Officers Association.

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(This information furnished by Committee to Elect David B Herr.)