A recent letter to the editor about Michael G. Spencer perplexes me. It laments that Mr. Spencer is using his candidacy for Grays Harbor Prosecuting Attorney as a “stepping stone” to be our next Superior Court Judge. Mr. Spencer, however, has already served as a Superior Court Judge. In fact, Mr. Spencer served as a deputy and chief criminal deputy for the Grays Harbor Prosecutor’s Office from 1977 to 1982. He was elected as our Prosecuting Attorney from 1982 to 1987 before he was elected to serve as our Superior Court Judge from 1987 to 1992.
I know Mr. Spencer was greatly encouraged by members of the local bar association and electorate to seek out the next vacant position as a Superior Court Judge. Mr. Spencer, however, strongly believes he could better serve Grays Harbor County and the public by returning as our Prosecuting Attorney. He enjoyed the position when he held it in the past, and he brought great respect and esteem to this office. During his tenure, he secured numerous criminal convictions and developed a reputation as a formidable opponent in the courtroom. Mr. Spencer has experience in both private practice and public service and is well-balanced for this position.
Very truly yours,
INGRAM, ZELASKO & GOODWIN, LLP
ERIK M. KUPKA