Here are some of the issues I wish to highlight during my campaign.
- Restorative Justice to affect positive change for those who need it.
- Accountability for those who break the law and refuse to change.
- Give back to the community via community service sentencing for appropriate individuals.
- Modernize the Court by going paperless, thus reducing our carbon footprint and saving taxpayers money.
- Continue to support Mental Health Court and other Therapeutic Courts.
- Advocate for opioid treatment and substance abuse prevention in our community and our jail.
- Ensuring victims rights are respected and their voices heard.
PORT TOWNSEND – Noah Harrison is running for District Court Judge in Jefferson County. “I believe my experiences in front of the bench as a litigator, and on the bench as a Judge, will serve the interest of the residents of Jefferson County well. My many years of judicial experience will allow me to hit the ground running from day one. I am, and will always be grateful to the many Judges that have entrusted me to ensure justice is administered fairly and appropriately in their courtrooms.”
Harrison opened his law practice in Port Townsend in 2005 after working in the Kitsap and Jefferson County prosecutor’s offices. Harrison continues to help the residents of Jefferson County with a wide variety of Criminal and Civil litigation. He begins his candidacy as the current Jefferson County District Court Commissioner and Judge Pro-Tem, as well as Clallam County District Court Judge Pro-Tem, Kitsap County Judge Pro-Tem and a former Jefferson County Superior Court Commissioner. Harrison returned to Port Townsend in 2006 after graduating from Port Townsend High School’s class of 1992.
Harrison was appointed District Court Judge Pro-Tem in 2010 and the District Court Commissioner in 2015. Harrison also served as Jefferson County Superior Court Commissioner under the late Judge Craddock Verser in 2011. In those roles, he presided over civil and criminal calendars and trials as well as Mental Health court, Drug Court and juvenile matters. In addition to his monthly regular District Court calendar, Harrison also substitutes in when Judge Landes is unavailable or unable to hear a case. Harrison’s breadth of experience and knowledge as an attorney has translated to a firm but fair demeanor on the bench.
“I have enjoyed working with and helping the residents of Jefferson County for over a decade. I look forward to continuing my time on the bench in District Court and supporting the success of Mental Health Court that retiring Judge Landes has instituted. I firmly believe that District Court can be a rehabilitative Court, and Mental Health Court is one of those programs that I intend to continue to support. If elected, I plan to modernize the Court by transitioning to an electronic filing system that will save taxpayer money and reduce the Court’s carbon footprint.”
Harrison’s public service includes current President and longest serving member of the Jefferson County YMCA advisory board and board member of the Olympic Peninsula YMCA. Harrison is as an advisor to the Port Townsend YMCA mock trial team and is a past participant. He has also enjoyed helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for a variety of causes as an auctioneer and volunteer for various organizations including the Port Townsend Education Foundation, Port Townsend Playschool Co-Op, and YMCA.
Harrison lives in Port Townsend with his wife, Caitlin Harrison and their three daughters. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his Law Degree from Seattle University School of Law. Harrison is also a two time attendee and graduate of the Washington State Judicial College.