James and Heather Erb live in Bellingham where they both practice law. James works in the Bellingham City Attorney's Office and Heather is a solo practitioner with a focus on Indian health law. They are the proud parents of two young boys: Liam and Samuel. James spends most of his free time hiking, biking, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors here in beautiful Whatcom County with Heather, the boys, and their dog Lily.
James Erb is the most experienced and independently rated candidate in this race with both the criminal and civil legal experience necessary to serve on the Whatcom County Superior Court. He will always make decisions from the bench that are based on the law. He will treat everyone who comes into the courtroom with the dignity and respect they deserve. He will also work with his colleagues on the bench, in the bar, and others to improve our justice system.
James has demonstrated his commitment to public service by spending his entire legal career working for the people. He began his career as a prosecutor conducting numerous jury trials including aggravated assault, drug trafficking, and sexually motivated crimes against children. James went on to help tribal families separated from their children. He now serves as a Senior Assistant City Attorney representing the people of Bellingham on complex employment law issues and arguing cases on behalf of the taxpayers before the Washington Court of Appeals. He has experience in constitutional issues, appellate law, contract drafting and negotiation, administrative law, family law, labor and employment law, land use law, and open government law.
James is the only candidate in this race with seven independent bar association ratings based on three metrics: professional competence, integrity, and judicial temperament. The Latina/o Bar Association, Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee, LGBTQ+ Bar Association (QLaw), and the WA State Veterans Bar Association have rated James as Well Qualified for a position on the Whatcom County Superior Court. He is also rated as Qualified for this position by the Loren Miller Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers, and the Whatcom County Bar Association.
James is endorsed by community leaders including Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Deborra Garrett, Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu, Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood, and Ferndale Mayor Greg Hansen. These leaders recognize that his experience, integrity, and work ethic would make James an outstanding Superior Court Judge.
Vote James Erb for Judge!