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About Pete Holmes

Pete Holmes received his B.A. from Yale College in 1978 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984. He first practiced complex commercial litigation for over two decades, including stints as both partner-in-charge of the Insolvency and Reorganization Group and Hiring Partner in the Seattle office of Miller Nash LLP. Pete was elected City Attorney in November 2009, defeating a two-term incumbent with 64% of the vote, and was re-elected to a second term without opposition in 2013. Pete was an original member of the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) and served as chair from 2003 to 2008. There he championed the public release of police records and OPARB reports. He is counsel of record for the City of Seattle in the consent decree entered into with the U.S. Department of Justice to reform SPD, in United States of America v. The City of Seattle. As City Attorney he has worked to make Seattle city government more transparent, and was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to the State Sunshine Committee.

Pete is committed to reform of the criminal justice system. Upon taking office in 2010, he halted all prosecutions for marijuana possession, and in 2011 he became a primary sponsor of Initiative 502 to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. I-502 passed statewide by a margin of about 12 points.

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As an elected official, the City Attorney is accountable to both the City of Seattle and its people. As your City Attorney, I take this responsibility to heart and strive to ensure that my office always represents the public's best interest. My office is committed to providing outstanding legal services to the City of Seattle, improving public safety, and advancing justice for all.

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