Judge of the Circuit Court

Wells B Ashby photo
Wells B


  • Occupation: Prosecutor: Trial Team Supervisor, Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.

    Occupational Background: Prosecutor, Defense Attorney, Civil Litigator, Adolescent Treatment Counselor--Oregon, Idaho, Colorado.

    Educational Background: J.D., University of Colorado Law School; B.A. cum laude, University of Colorado.

    Prior Governmental Experience: Bend-La Pine School Board: Director, Member Budget and Boundary Advisory Committees; Chamber of Commerce--Leadership Bend; City Club; Juvenile Justice Council.

    Family: Native Oregonian and married father of four.

    Wells Ashby has practiced law for fourteen years. He has practiced in civil law, defense, and, for the past eight years, as a prosecutor of child sexual abuse, assault, murder, business fraud and other major crimes. He is committed to community safety.

    As a prosecutor and supervisor, Ashby is responsible for 3500 cases annually in the D.A.’s Office, has reduced court backlogs, launched a volunteer prosecution program at no cost to taxpayers, and is working to establish Deschutes County’s first veteran’s court.


    “Ashby is our choice for Deschutes County judge. He is an expert in court and a proven prosecutor in major crimes cases.
    Redmond Police Officers’ Association

    “…Ashby would be the better judge of the two men, we believe.... For one thing, almost all his legal career has been spent in public safety, a plus for a judge in a court that spends well over half its time on criminal matters.... Ashby brings a depth of community awareness to the job that Hill simply cannot match.”
    The Bulletin, 3/23/10

    “We think Ashby has the clearest vision for the judicial system and its relationship with the community.”
    The Source Weekly, 4/29/10


    “Ashby will be an outstanding Deschutes County Circuit Court judge.”
    Judge Lindi Baker

    “We support Ashby for judge. He is a formidable prosecutor and champion of crime victims’ rights.”
    Crime Victims United


    Redmond Police Officers’ Association
    Stephen Campbell, Josephine County District Attorney
    Grant Loebs, Twin Falls County Prosecuting Attorney
    Central Oregon Association of Realtors


    (This information furnished by Committee to Elect Wells Ashby.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722