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Snohomish County Bar Poll Results Show Local Legal Community Overwhelmingly Backs Jennifer Rancourt In Cascade District Court Race


STANWOOD, WA 8/9/18
– A recent Snohomish County Bar Association Poll shows that Jennifer Rancourt is the local legal community’s preferred candidate in this fall’s election for Snohomish Cascade District Court Judge.

An overwhelming 87% of local lawyers and judges surveyed ranked Rancourt as their top choice for this position. The SCBA Bar Poll is the opportunity for local bar members to express their opinions regarding judicial candidates.

Rancourt has been a trial lawyer for more than 17 years and has served as a Judge Pro-Tem for nearly a decade. She is also the Chair of the Washington State Clemency & Pardons Board.

“Jennifer is the first person I turn to when I need a pro-tem judge to fill in for me in my courtroom. She’s competent, knowledgeable on the law, and Jennifer listens carefully then rules fairly in each case. She strikes a good balance between maintaining courtroom efficiency and ensuring all litigants are given the time to be heard. Jennifer is clearly the best choice for the Cascade District Court,” said Judge Fred Gillings of the Marysville Municipal Court.

This is not the first time that the legal community has shown a lack of confidence in the incumbent. A 2017 Snohomish County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Survey showed that she received low marks across the board in every area (on a scale of 1-5) and was the lowest rated judge in the county out of the 29 judicial officers evaluated.

Rancourt attended law school at the University of Washington and has been a trial lawyer for more than 17 years and has served as a judge pro-tem for nearly a decade. She chairs the Washington State Clemency & Pardons Board.

“I am proud of the fact that my reputation for being professional, hardworking, firm and fair has earned me the most widespread support from our legal community for this position,” said Rancourt.

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Stanwood Resident Kicks Off Campaign For District Court Judge
Stanwood Camano News | 3/6/18

Jennifer Rancourt, a Snohomish County lawyer and community advocate, is running for the Snohomish County District Court judge for the Cascade Division. Rancourt’s campaign kickoff will be Thursday, March 29, 5-7 p.m. at Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett.

“Jen … would be a tremendous addition to Cascade District Court, and would do an excellent job. I am behind her all the way,” said Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe.

Rancourt attended law school at the University of Washington and has been a trial lawyer for more than 17 years and has served as a judge pro-tem for nearly a decade. She chairs the Washington State Clemency & Pardons Board. 

“I have dedicated my career to representing the most vulnerable members of our community, including those suffering from substance use disorders and mental illness,” Rancourt said in a news release. “I will strive to ensure everyone is treated with fairness and respect in my courtroom.”

Rancourt lives in Stanwood with her husband and two young children. She is a longtime board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, an associate board member of Camp Fire of Snohomish County, and a member of Everett Rotary.