Judge Doherty Will Not Seek Re-Election

A longtime North Olympic Peninsula lawyer and jurist says he will not seek re-election to his Forks-area District Court 2 judge position.

70 year-old Judge John H Doherty of Beaver emailed his decision Monday to Clallam County Bar Association members.

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Doherty told the PD Tuesday he would rather spend the next four year doing something else – like carpentry or electrical work.

Doherty is  a native of Clallam County and a 1966 Port Angeles High School graduate, has been a lawyer for 42 years.

Doherty was appointed to the District 2 judgeship in 2012, succeeding Erik Rohrer, who was elected to Clallam County Superior Court.  Doherty won election to the position unopposed in 2014.

John D. Black, a Sequim resident who practices in Forks, announced March 9 that he plans to seek the part-time judgeship.

Doherty said he does not plan to endorse Black, and Black said Tuesday that he was hoping that Doherty would not run for re-election.

Filing week for the Nov. 6 general election is May 14-18.