Occupational Background: Lawyer in small private law firm doing trials and appeals and giving advice to individuals and small businesses, 1987 to present; Deputy District Attorney and Chief Deputy District Attorney for Douglas County, trying all kinds of criminal cases from speeding tickets to murders, supervising other deputies, working closely with police to develop and evaluate evidence, and helping the elected district attorney set policy; 1975 to 1987; student prosecutor in Springfield and Portland, investigator, employment division case manager, newspaper box sales route manager, busboy, prep cook, dishwasher, and berry picker.
Educational Background: Law degree, University of Oregon, 1974; College degree, Reed College, 1971; high school diploma, 1966.
Prior Governmental Experience: Roseburg School Board, January 1996 to the present; Douglas County Deputy District Attorney, 1975 to 1987.
I am the only candidate with extensive prosecution experience. I know the frustration a prosecutor feels when it is difficult to convict the guilty, or when sentences seem soft, but I also defend people in criminal cases, and I know the fright a person feels when the person is accused of a crime.
I have broad legal experience. I represent people in divorces, custody disputes, property disputes, issues with government regulation, and debt problems.
I have been practicing law in Roseburg since 1975. I am proud that my fellow lawyers have made me an AV rated lawyer. That is the highest rating with the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer referral system, under which lawyers in a community anonymously rate one another for skill and ethical standards.
I am in my third term on the Roseburg School Board. I am chair of the board for Umpqua Homes for the Handicapped. I am on the endowment committee for Faith Lutheran Church and I am on the board for the Friendly Kitchen.
I have been married to Susan Tanabe since 1975. We have three children who have all graduated from Roseburg High School.
(This information furnished by Charles Lee.)