Wenatchee, Wa-Long-time Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor Allen F. Blackmon today announcesd his candidacy for Chelan County District Court Judge.
Mr. Blackmon, 53, life-long Wenatchee resident and current Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor, is seeking the judicial seat being vacated by Nancy Harmon, who announced her retirement earlier this year.
Mr. Blackmon has served Chelan County as a deputy prosecutor for over 21 years focusing on district court, juvenile court, mental health court, gang, and domestic violence cases.
Mr. Blackmon grew up in Wenatchee attending local schools and graduating from Wenatchee High School in 1983. He attended Wenatchee Valley College and graduated from the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning in 1988 and received his Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1992.
Mr. Blackmon is an experienced trial lawyer with extensive knowledge of courtroom procedures. He was hired as a deputy prosecutor by Gary Riesen in Chelan County in 1996, and has handled well over 10,000 criminal cases, in addition to thousands of probation violations and civil infractions. He has practiced law extensively in Chelan County’s district, superior, and juvenile courts, and has specialized training in mental health court, gang crime prosecution and domestic violence prosecution. He served on the local Youth Crime/Gang Task Force and is involved with training and educating domestic violence advocates.
Mr. Blackmon was instrumental, along with Senator Linda Evans Parlette, Confluence Health, and Catholic Charities, in getting the law changed to allow mentally ill clients to be treated locally as opposed to being sent out of our area for commitment.
Having grown up in the Wenatchee Valley, Mr. Blackmon has seen the extensive growth and challenges the community has faced over the years in keeping crime in check and people accountable. He works closely with all of the area school districts and law enforcement agencies to prevent crime and keep children safe.
Mr. Blackmon has been an active participant in the community for many years and has spoken to local school districts about the law and career development. He has lectured for the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Washington State Patrol Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor and Law Enforcement programs, Wenatchee Valley College criminal justice classes, and innumerable trainings for local law enforcement agencies over the last 20 years. He has also presented at trainings for domestic violence advocates at the Safety Advocacy Growth Empowerment Center (S.A.G.E., previously known as the Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Center). He is a current member of the Wenatchee Valley College Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Washington State and California Bar Associations, and the Eastern District of Washington of the United States Federal Court.
If elected Mr. Blackmon seeks to add an experienced and rational voice to District Court and to carry forward the positive changes brought about by his predecessors.