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Gaylord running for reelection as San Juan County prosecuting attorney

Randall K. Gaylord ... running for reelection as San Juan County prosecuting attorney. - Office of Randall K. Gaylord
Randall K. Gaylord ... running for reelection as San Juan County prosecuting attorney.
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Randall K. Gaylord is seeking a fifth term as San Juan County prosecuting attorney.

The primary election is Aug. 17, the general election is Nov. 2.

The prosecuting attorney serves a four-year term and is paid $130,000 a year. The state pays 60 percent of the prosecuting attorney’s salary, the county pays 40 percent.

Gaylord, 52, was elected prosecuting attorney in 1994 and reelected in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

“I would be most honored to serve the people of this county and the state of Washington for another term,” Gaylord said in a campaign announcement.

Gaylord said he is motivated to serve because the community benefits from a stable prosecutor’s office that will protect the people and the environment.

The prosecuting attorney has many roles: criminal prosecutor, county coroner, and lawyer to elected and appointed officials. Gaylord said he is proud

of the work by the office to assure that victims of crime have the services they deserve. He said the Victim Services Center is a model of how small communities can serve victims of crime.

“My goal is to make sure victims recover from the crime and the offenders are punished appropriately. Victims have important rights, and we have a great way to see that they are honored.

“San Juan County has many of the same crimes that occur on the mainland, but fewer incidents. Indeed, criminal cases in a small community often have more impact because people usually know the victims and the offender.”

Gaylord is vice president of the Washington Association of County Officials. He was president of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in 2007.

“I am proud of the way our county government serves the public,” Gaylord said. “The decisions of the county are open and transparent to the public.”

Gaylord said his statewide teaching experience and historical perspective have been valuable in implementing the changes from the county charter.

“This office has been diligent, adaptable and skilled to respond to issues,” Gaylord said.

Gaylord looks forward to the campaign. “I want to hear from the public and assure that the decisions of this office reflect what the public expects from their prosecutor.”

While the prosecuting attorney is the only partisan position at the local level, Gaylord said his preference for the Democratic Party nomination does not influence his decision making.

“Just like a judge, a prosecutor must not allow party politics to influence his decision making on individual cases.”

Gaylord graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1985. He was a clerk for Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham before moving to Spokane where he was in private practice for eight years.

Gaylord and his wife, Marny, who teaches at Orcas School, have lived in Eastsound since 1993. They were married in Olga in 1981 and have two children, Colin, 23, and Genevieve, 21.

14 positions on ballot
Islanders will vote on 14 legislative and local positions this year: Assessor, auditor, clerk, prosecutor, sheriff, treasurer; County Council District 2, District 5, and District 6; District Court judge, Superior Court judge; U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District, 40th District state House Position 1, and 40th District state House Position 2.

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