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Prosecutor Mark Lindquist thanks supporters

Friends,

My wife Chelsea, my daughter Sloane, and I are grateful for the support, assistance, and friendship from all of you.

I’ve been through countless elections. I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ve kept my faith that public service and politics are a noble endeavor.

In the 1980s I was involved in an intense congressional campaign. The consultant told me something I’ve turned over in my mind several times since: campaigns are more about the mood of the voters than the quality of the campaigns. You can run the best campaign in the nation and still lose and vice versa. Still, we carry on and continue to champion our values.

I’m proud of the three campaigns we ran and the contributions you all made. I was impressed by how our supporters stayed on a positive message of public safety and public service, praising the good people in the Prosecutor’s Office who helped make our community safer and improve the justice system. Thank you for bringing much needed graciousness and goodwill to the civic dialogue.

My life is blessed in too many ways to count, but my most important blessings are Chelsea, Sloane, family, and friends like you. As U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Hubert H. Humphrey said, “The greatest gift of life is friendship and I have received it.”


Crime is Down

Crime is down. Our neighborhoods are safer. Children are safer.

Using FBI numbers on serious offenses, last year crime was up by 7% in Seattle, up by 5% in Washington, but down by 4% in Pierce County.

In the nine years Lindquist has served as our Prosecutor, felony crimes in Pierce county have gone down 18%. Misdemeanor crimes are down 29%.

Our community is safer because Mark Lindquist is our Prosecutor.

The Prosecutor’s Office has helped reduce crime with a variety of innovative strategies. Lindquist formed an Elder Abuse Team to better protect vulnerable adults, a Gang Unit to reduce gang violence, and a High Priority Offender Program, which uses data-driven prosecution to get career criminals off our streets.

To better protect and serve survivors of domestic violence, Lindquist unified felony and misdemeanor domestic violence teams in the Prosecutor’s Office with victim advocates and law enforcement in one central location. Pierce County was the first in the state to do this.

Additionally, Lindquist has been a leader in championing Drug Court, Veterans Court, and Mental Health Court, as well as other improvements to the criminal justice system.

Pierce County was once a dumping ground for offenders from other counties, but the dumping has been dramatically reduced thanks to the leadership of Lindquist and other partners.

Pierce County has a colorful history and a bright future. We are safer than ever.


Our Community is Safer

Crime is down. Our neighborhoods are safer. Children are safer.

Our community is safer because Mark Lindquist is our Prosecutor.

Using FBI numbers on serious offenses, last year crime was up by 7% in Seattle, up by 5% in Washington, but down by 4% in Pierce County.

In the nine years Lindquist has served as our Prosecutor, felony crimes in Pierce county have gone down 18%. Misdemeanor crimes are down 29%.

Our community is safer because Mark Lindquist is our Prosecutor.

The Prosecutor’s Office has helped reduce crime with a variety of innovative strategies. Lindquist formed an Elder Abuse Team to better protect vulnerable adults, a Gang Unit to reduce gang violence, and a High Priority Offender Program, which uses data-driven prosecution to get career criminals off of our streets.

To better protect and serve survivors of domestic violence, Lindquist unified felony and misdemeanor domestic violence teams in the Prosecutor’s Office with victim advocates and law enforcement in one central location. Pierce County was the first in the state to do this.

Additionally, Lindquist has been a leader in championing therapeutic courts, such as Drug Court, Veterans Court, and Mental Health Court, as well as other reforms to the criminal justice system.

Pierce County was once a dumping ground for offenders from other counties, but the dumping has been dramatically reduced thanks to the leadership of Lindquist and other partners.

Pierce County has a colorful history and a bright future. We are safer than ever.


Conquer Lies with Truth

Rebutting Mary Robnett lies with truth

Mark is focused on public safety and public service. He stays above the fray as our Prosecutor and as a candidate.

At numerous community events, Mark discusses how the Prosecutor’s Office has protected elders, reduced gang violence, removed career criminals from our streets, and enhanced therapeutic courts for those with substance abuse or behavioral health issues. He is helping reform and improve our criminal justice system.

Mark is also committed to cultivating a public service culture in the office. The Prosecutor’s Office, Mark believes, must take a big picture approach to public safety.

This approach is working. Our community is safer. Using FBI numbers, while crime is up in Seattle and in Washington State, crime is down in Pierce County. Felony crimes are down 18% since Mark starting serving as our elected Prosecutor. Misdemeanor crimes are down 29%.

And at almost every community event, Mark discusses his lawsuit against Big Pharma. He aims to recover money for Pierce County to address the opioid crisis.

Mark believes in communicating about the work of the office with the community he serves. He believes in elevating the dialogue.

His opponent and her supporters, in contrast, mostly complain and attack former colleagues. They even file frivolous complaints and then complain about the money the county spends to defeat their frivolous complaints. Their juvenile negativity is emblematic of politics these days.

While Mark generally ignores the noise, there are times for rebuttal. Our campaign created a website to rebut some of Mary Robnett’s misinformation and false claims.

Mark likes to quote an old saying, conquer evil with good, anger with calm, lies with truth. 

You can read his short speech on safety and civility on this website.


Reducing Gang Violence

Gang violence has been cut in half with Mark Lindquist as our Prosecutor.

Under Lindquist’s leadership, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office was the first in the state to use conspiracy statutes to hold violent gang members accountable. Several violent street gangs have been successfully prosecuted in a series of sweeps designed to reduce gang violence in our neighborhoods.

Lindquist’s office has also worked with their partners on prevention efforts so that young people choose alternatives to gangs. As part of a larger effort to reform the criminal justice system, the office has expanded diversion programs to rehabilitate young offenders before their criminal conduct escalates to violence.

The Gang Unit in the Prosecutor’s Office is supported in their effort to reduce gang violence by the High Priority Offender Program, which was begun by Lindquist in 2015. This cutting-edge program, commonly called HPO, uses data-driven prosecution get career criminals off the streets.

Using FBI numbers on serious offenses, crime is up last year by 7% in Seattle, up by 5% in Washington State, but down by 4% in Pierce County.

Further, felony crimes overall are down 18% in Pierce County in the nine years Lindquist has served as our Prosecutor. Misdemeanor crimes are down 29%.

Mark Lindquist has kept his promise to make our community safer.


Halloween Bash with The Beatniks

 

The Beatniks are a local legend. They have played their brand of 60’s to 90’s rock and roll for Microsoft, the Seahawks, actor Bruce Willis, and our Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. 

Lindquist is bringing The Beatniks to the Swiss Pub in Tacoma on Wednesday, October 24, at 6:00 pm. This is a Halloween celebration and costumes are encouraged. 

At past Lindquist fundraisers, Peter Buck of R.E.M., actress and singer Molly Ringwald, Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, and Lindquist himself have joined The Beatniks on stage for crowd-pleasing classics such as “Wild Thing,” “Gloria,” and “Louie, Louie.”  

 Lindquist was appointed as our Pierce County Prosecutor in 2009, was elected in 2010, and re-elected in 2014. He is running again this year.

“When I first ran in 2010, I promised to make our community safer,” Lindquist said. “I’ve kept that promise.”

Lindquist’s campaign has cited his innovative public safety initiatives, including successful efforts to protect elders, dramatically reduce gang violence, and get career criminals off the streets with data-driven prosecution.

He has also championed therapeutic courts for people with substance abuse or mental health issues, along with other reforms to the criminal justice system.

Additionally, last year Lindquist filed a lawsuit against Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic and recover money for Pierce County.

Crime is down in Tacoma and Pierce County, while it is up in Seattle and in Washington State.

“Mark stands tall as our Prosecutor,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “He’s inclusive and brings everyone to the table to solve community safety issues.”

Lindquist is endorsed by Democrats and Republicans, including Governor Jay Inslee (D), former Governor Dan Evans (R), former Congressman Norm Dicks (D), Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R), and local Congressman Derek Kilmer (D).

He is also endorsed by unions and businesses, firefighters, law enforcement, teachers, several members of the Tacoma City Council, including Deputy Mayor Anders Ibsen, and more than 500 other organizations and community leaders.

When Lindquist throws a party with The Beatniks, it always draws a diverse, interesting, and large crowd. The event is kid-friendly.


Safety and Civility

Our Community is Safer Because Mark Lindquist is Our Prosecutor

After the Tacoma City Club candidate forum, people praised Mark’s presentation. Some asked us for a copy of his closing statement. Mark doesn’t use notes when he speaks, so the text below is not 100% accurate, but it’s close. Please share.

Closing Remarks by Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, delivered at Tacoma City Club candidate forum on October 3, 2018.

I’m going to wrap up with three quick stories, snapshots really.

First snapshot: 

A few years ago I was in a parking lot with my wife Chelsea and a woman I didn’t recognize approached me. She said, “I know you.”

Neither Chelsea or I could tell where this was going. 

The woman continued, “You prosecuted my boyfriend.”

Not knowing what to say, I said hello.

She said, “The judge hammered him, like ten years.”  

As I stood there listening, I was thinking, well, at least she partly blames the judge.

But she went on to tell me that while her boyfriend was in prison for assaulting her, she got her life together. She found a job, her kids enrolled in a school they liked, life was good. She just wanted to let me know and express her gratitude.

I hear stories like this pretty often. These moments remind me what our work in the Prosecutor’s Office is truly about.

Second snapshot:

Do people remember Lee Atwater? He was the campaign manager for the George H.W. Bush and semi-famous for using misinformation, general meanness, and “naked cruelty” in politics. Naked cruelty was his own phrase. On his deathbed, he deeply regretted this. He came to believe our politics needed to be more civil and spiritual. That was in 1991.

Third snapshot:

Recently I was speaking with a gentleman who spent more than 40 years in public service. He was lamenting how nasty and negative our politics have become, the worst he has ever seen. Now he’s done. He left me with the notion that it’s up to us, those of us still in the arena, to turn this trend around.

And it is up to us, all of us, public servants and citizens alike, to elevate the dialogue. If we endeavor to improve our politics, and therefore our country and our communities, we need to rise above the mire and treat each other civilly, honestly, and respectfully. 

Robert F. Kennedy said we all want basically the same thing: to live our lives in purpose and happiness and raise our families in safety. As your Prosecutor, I’ll continue to focus on making that possible in Pierce County. Thank you.


Bipartisan Support

Mark Lindquist has bipartisan support

Republicans and Democrats agree: our community is safer because Mark Lindquist is our Prosecutor.  Former Governor Dan Evans (R) and current Governor Jay Inslee (D) have both endorsed our Prosecutor.  So has Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R) and former Lt. Governor Brad Owen (D).

In Puyallup, our Prosecutor Mark Lindquist is endorsed by State Senator Hans Zeiger, a Republican, as well as former State Representative Dawn Morrell, a Democrat. They once ran against each other, but they are united in caring about the safety of our community and supporting our Prosecutor.

In Gig Harbor, our Prosecutor is endorsed by former County Council Member Terry Lee, a Republican, as well as current County Council Member Derek Young, a Democrat.

In south Pierce County, all three Republican Legislators endorsed our Prosecutor, Senator Randi Becker, Representatives JT Wilcox and Jim McCune. So did former State Senator Marilyn Rasmussen, a Democrat.

In Lakewood, our Prosecutor is endorsed by Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, a Republican, as well as Lakewood Council Member Mary Moss, a Democrat.

All over Pierce County, there is bipartisan agreement on this: our communities are safer because Mark Lindquist is our Prosecutor.

In the nine years Lindquist has served as our Prosecutor, felony crimes in Pierce county have gone down 18%. Misdemeanor crimes are down 29%.

Using FBI numbers on serious offenses, last year crime was up by 7% in Seattle, up by 5% in Washington, but down by 4% in Pierce County.

Mark is also endorsed by the Washington State Council of Firefighters, the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, the Pierce County Central Labor Council, the Tacoma Education Association, and more.

Please see the full list of more than 500 bipartisan endorsements by organizations, public servants, and community leaders who agree we need to keep our Prosecutor and keep our community safe.

Feel free to add your name and join our team, thank you.


Caring and Keeping Us Safe

Our Prosecutor Mark Lindquist cares and he’s committed to keeping us safe.

In the nine years Lindquist has served as our Prosecutor, felony crimes in Pierce county have gone down 18%. Misdemeanor crimes are down 29%.

Using FBI numbers on serious offenses, last year crime was up by 7% in Seattle, up by 5% in Washington, but down by 4% in Pierce County.

The Prosecutor’s Office has helped reduce crime with a variety of innovative strategies. For example, to better protect and serve survivors of domestic violence, Lindquist unified felony and misdemeanor domestic violence teams in the Prosecutor’s Office with victim advocates and law enforcement in one central location.

Rape survivor, and former Sexual Assault Center Board member, Jo Jensen praised Lindquist and the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, “I was raped when I was 17-years-old. In those days you didn’t come forward and talk about it. But today, things are better because of the Prosecutor’s Office and people like Mark Lindquist.”

“When victims are treated with compassion, they find their voices, and are able to tell their stories in court,” said Prosecutor Lindquist. “Attackers are then held accountable and we’re all safer.”

Our community is safer because Mark Lindquist is our Prosecutor.


Protecting and Supporting Victims

Mark Lindquist Protecting Victims

 

by Tacoma Weekly Staff

In 2017, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office consolidated its felony and misdemeanor domestic violence prosecutors and victim advocates in one central location. This consolidated unit is the first of its kind in Washington and is housed inside the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center (CJFJC), which partners with law enforcement and other community advocates.  

“Working together we can better protect and support victims,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “By providing resources and services to victims of domestic violence and their children in one safe location, the result is an effective, coordinated response to prevent domestic violence from escalating.”

Domestic violence crimes happen within families, marriages, dating relationships and households. Crimes include assault, violation of protection orders, harassment, and property damage. The one thing these crimes have in common is they evoke fear and anxiety in victims, especially children. The CJFJC is a one-stop-shop approach to expedite justice and ease fears.

At the CJFJC, victims can meet with prosecutors, victim advocates, and law enforcement officers. Even in non-criminal matters, victims can meet with community victim advocates and receive the individual assistance they need to develop a safety plan, get protection orders, housing, and legal and mental health counselling. 

By offering these services in a single, safe location, the CJFJC reduces the barriers that, historically, have kept victims from getting help. Together, prosecutors, victim advocates and other CJFJC partners employ a “coordinated community response” to domestic violence and thereby help them lead safer lives. 

Read the story in The Tacoma Weekly …