Bradley announces run for judge position in Kitsap County District Court

Claire A. Bradley - Photo courtesy of Claire A. Bradley
Claire A. Bradley
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Claire A. Bradley announced Wednesday that she will seek election to the judge position in Kitsap County District Court, Department 1, in November.

Judge James Riehl has previously announced his retirement from the position at the end of 2014, and is endorsing Bradley to fill his seat.

“She will bring a wealth of expertise, experience and common sense to the Kitsap County bench. She would be a wonderful addition to an already excellent bench,” Riehl said.

Bradley, 43, began her legal career as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Kitsap County in November 1997. She has prosecuted everything from infractions to first-degree murder, and Bradley said the bulk of her career has been spent prosecuting special assault cases, including felony domestic violence, sexual assault and crimes against children.

Most recently, Bradley has been the chief deputy prosecutor in charge of the District and Municipal Court Division, which handles all gross and simple misdemeanors, such as domestic violence, driving under the influence, thefts and fourth-degree assaults.

Bradley has been endorsed by Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Russell D. Hauge, Kitsap County District Court Judge James Riehl, retired Kitsap District Court Judge W. Daniel Phillips, Kitsap Superior Court Judge Jeanette Dalton, Kitsap Superior Court Judge Kevin D. Hull, Kitsap Superior Court Judge Jennifer Forbes, Bremerton Municipal Court Judge James Docter, Port Orchard Municipal Court Judge Tarrell S. Decker, Bremerton Police Chief Steven Strachan, Poulsbo Police Chief Al Townsend, Port Orchard Police Chief Geoffrey Marti, Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and Port Orchard City Council Member Robert Putaansuu.

Bradley lives in Port Orchard with her husband and two children.

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