Candidate Statement From Patrick Moriarty For Snohomish County Superior Court Position 17

July 14, 2023

Everett Government

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Judge Patrick Moriarty

Patrick Moriarty – candidate supplied photo

The people of Snohomish County deserve to have experienced judges. Judge Patrick Moriarty, the incumbent in this election, has been a valued member of the Superior Court bench since 2022, has more than 22 years of judicial experience, and is overwhelmingly supported by the bench and Bar.

Judge Moriarty was honored to be appointed by Governor Inslee to a much-needed, newly created position on the Snohomish County Superior Court bench in June 2022, and he now stands for election to retain his seat.

Judge Moriarty grew up in Massachusetts in a family of eleven children. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and earned his law degree at Western New England University. With his then fiancé Evelyn, he moved to Washington in 1990.

For 27 years, Pat practiced law in Snohomish County and gained a broad array of legal expertise as a Public Defender and private attorney. He handled matters of criminal defense, juvenile representation, dependencies, drug court, personal injury, and many of the other types of legal issues that now come before him as a Superior Court judge. This deep experience now serves him well as a valued member of the Court.

For 17 years prior to his judicial appointment, Pat served as a Judge Pro Tem in Snohomish County followed by 4 years as a Superior Court Commissioner.

Judge Moriarty’s wife Evelyn works in insurance claims, and their daughter Emily, who graduated from the University of Washington, is a care coordinator at Sea Mar Clinic.

Judge Moriarty hopes to use his judicial career to play a role in expanding access to justice for those community members of limited means and to strengthen the therapeutic courts as a means of keeping families together.  On a daily basis, Judge Moriarty sees the effects of addiction, homelessness, and the increasing economic challenges faced by Snohomish County families.  His decades of experience, his reputation as an outstanding judge, and the thoughtful and respectful way he approaches each case before him is the reason he is endorsed by every sitting judge in Snohomish County – at ALL levels of court.

Judge Moriarty is endorsed by:  ALL Snohomish County judges; over 170 attorneys who practice in our courts; Sen. John Lovick (44th LD); Rep. Strom Peterson (21st LD); Rep. & Councilmember Sam Low (39th LD); Councilmember Megan Dunn; Prosecuting Attorney Jason Cummings; Lynnwood City Council President Shannon Sessions and Councilmembers Will Chen & George Hurst; Mukilteo City Councilmember Riaz Khan, Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson & Former Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson; Snohomish County Democrats; 1st, 10th, 21st, 32nd, 38th, 39th, and 44th LD Democrats; Snohomish & Island County Labor Council; South County Union Firefighters (IAFF Local 1828); Teamsters Local 38; International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM 751); Snohomish County Prosecutors Association (AFSCME Local 1811); and Snohomish County Deputy Sheriffs Association. See a complete list at


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