Sunday, 21 October 2018
Written by Steve Brandli
I write to correct some inaccurate information concerning my campaign. I have been very open about my intention, if elected as District Court Judge, to continue a very part-time practice. That practice will be limited to transactional matters, e.g. largely document drafting and advising. Transactional attorneys never see the inside of a courtroom. And my transactional practice will not create significant District Court conflicts.
I ask that voters consider the following facts:
If conflicts are the concern, my opponent will have many of them due to her current work in District Court. About three-quarters of the weekly Wednesday criminal calendar involves cases that are more than two months old, and nearly all of the cases on the twice-monthly Tuesday criminal calendar are more than six months old. If elected, my opponent would not be able to hear these calendars for months, and will have significant conflicts for years. The county would have to hire a pro tem judge at considerable county expense to substitute on these cases while my opponent continues to draw her salary.
At least one supporter of my opponent has alleged that I am running for financial reasons. If I am elected, I will receive less, not more income. If money were a motivation, I would not be running.
I invite anyone with questions or concerns on this or any other subject to contact me. I will be happy to discuss my candidacy. Please call (360) 378-5544.
Published on the Island Guardian website October 5, 2018
Thank you for your support, Mark Kaiman!
“To the Editor:
Being a judge is an extremely difficult and challenging job. I sit as a Judge Pro Tem in the Whatcom County District Court for several days each month, so I’ve got a pretty good idea of what the demands of the job are, and what is required to be a fair, reasonable, and effective judicial officer.
Steve Brandli has what it takes to be a great District Court Judge for the people of San Juan County. He has over a decade of experience in criminal and civil law. He knows the law, and he has the temperament and maturity to apply it fairly to everyone. I’ve known Steve Brandli since he began practicing law in Friday Harbor, and I am confident that he has the ability to make difficult decisions that will abide by the principles of fairness and justice.
Sitting in judgment of others is a tremendous responsibility that should only be entrusted to an individual who has demonstrated wisdom gained through experience. We can put our trust in Steve Brandli. I heartily endorse his candidacy for District Court Judge.
Mark A. Kaiman
Published on the San Juan Update website October 2, 2018
Thank you for the letter, Katie Zwilling!
"Steve Brandli represented me several years ago and has since become a dear friend.
When I met him, I assumed he might fit my preconceived idea about attorneys which included an attitude of winning the case and going after the opposing party. I was happily surprised that Steve was focused on fairness, honesty, and looking at facts to determine what was legally relevant. He (and his wife BJ) were incredibly supportive and kind. Steve taught me a lot about separating feelings from facts so that I could observe more objectively.
Since that time our families have become friends and I am blown away by the Brandlis’ generosity. Their years of dedication to fostering children and being present for people in need both legally and personally is profound.
Steve’s years of experience, his standing in the community, and his dedication to objectively seeing the facts will make him an ideal District Court Judge.
July 12, 2018
“We hired Stephen A. Brandli as our attorney in a local boundary dispute. I was floored by the depth and breadth of Steve's real estate knowledge and I continually refer clients to him. He's a great attorney but he's also a great person who's truly committed to fairness and justice. He helped us win our case while encouraging us to be respectful of the opposite party, in this case the plaintiff. We couldn't be more thankful for his wise counsel and know that he'll be an exceedingly fair judge as he is an attorney.”
Steve Brandli Announces Candidacy for SJC District Court Judge
June 22, 2018: Steve Brandli is running in the November 6th election for San Juan County’s next District Court judge. Judge Stewart Andrew, the current District Court judge, announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. District Court hears misdemeanors, small claims, protection orders, infractions, and other civil matters.
Since graduating in the top 5% of his class at the University of Washington Law School, Steve has been practicing law in San Juan County for 11 years. He served as a Deputy Prosecutor in San Juan County, handling District Court matters, before opening his current private practice.
Steve has built a reputation of integrity and of skill with complex legal analysis on a wide variety of legal issues both civil and criminal. He has appeared in San Juan County courts on a weekly basis for more than a decade representing clients across the county. Last year, he spent time on the bench as a San Juan County Superior Court Commissioner. Steve’s broad and diverse experience has provided him the knowledge and insight to understand the types of legal matters that come before a District Court judge.
Steve and his wife, BJ, have raised their children and fostered other children in San Juan County. Steve is a dedicated volunteer. He has served on local boards and has been involved with several charitable organizations including Angel Flight West, Island Rec, and as a Court-appointed Special Advocate for children. Steve is currently the elected president of the San Juan Island Lions Club. In years past, he gave talks on constitutional law in AP Government classes and mentored students in mock trials at Friday Harbor High School.
Steve’s website address is www.ElectSteveBrandli.com. Steve invites anyone to call him at (360) 378-5544 and welcomes input from members of the community on how their legal system can work better for them.
State Auditor Pat McCarthy (middle) spoke to the members of the San Juan Island Lion's Club yesterday, represented here by Lion's Club President Steve Brandli (right). San Juan Island County Auditor Milene Henley (left) also came to listen to Pat's message of how the Office provides an important window into government operations across Washington. — at Lions Club of San Juan Island, WA.