Incumbent Judge Laura Riquelme will seek to retain her seat on the Skagit County Superior Court, where she has served for over fifteen months. Now having presided over hundreds of motions and more than 50 criminal and civil trials, Judge Riquelme said, “to be a good judge, you have to know more than one aspect … Continued
Judge Laura Riquelme is running to keep her position as Superior Court Judge. She is the only candidate who has the range of judicial experience you would want if it were you or a family member in court facing a judge.
As one of Skagit County’s four current Superior Court Judges, Judge Laura has presided over hundreds of criminal and civil case proceedings, including more than 50 jury and non-jury trials in just the last two years. She has learned on the job what it takes to sit on the bench. She has seen both sides of the criminal legal system in Skagit County, serving this community both as a Public Defender and as a Deputy Prosecutor.
“I appreciate the variety of experience it takes to handle issues that are very real and central to the lives of Skagitonians and local businesses,” she said. “I have worked in criminal law and seen the impact crime and its causes have on our community. I also have experience presiding over family law cases, which has an impact on families from all backgrounds. In every case, it is critical to follow the law and be fair to both parties so people can have a just and timely decision and move forward with their lives.”
Judge Laura is a wife to a recreation expedition leader and mother to a nine-year-old son. She’s currently President of her elementary school’s Parent Teachers Organization and an Executive Committee Board member for Community Action of Skagit County (which provides various services to a quarter of Skagit County’s families to lift them out of poverty). She’s also the Scholarship Chair for Skagit Women in Business, which provides scholarships to women following breaks in their education.
Prior to being a judge, Judge Riquelme served on Mount Vernon City Library Board of Trustees, volunteered in support of local school measures, instructed English as a Second Language, coached a youth soccer team, and served as president of her former union (AFSME Local 176-PD). She has volunteered her time in legal clinics with the Skagit County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program to assist people who could not afford to hire attorneys for their civil legal needs.
“I’ve worked day and night to help people in our community achieve justice. Whether it be over criminal actions or custody disputes, no two days as a judge are alike. Every day is an education on justice, the rule of law, and the resources we have to keep the peace,” the Judge said. “It’s a job I love. I would greatly appreciate your support to keep me on the bench serving Skagit County.”