Vote Kyle Mott

for Chelan County District Court Judge Pos. 2

Fair. Impartial. Dedicated.

Bringing balance to the court

I support and encourage you to support Kyle Mott for Chelan County District Court Judge. He is a bright, fair-minded, compassionate attorney who is well qualified for this position. He started his legal career as an associate at one of the best law firms in the valley (Ogden Murphy), focusing on civil law. He continued his career as law clerk for our Superior Court, assisting the judges in their legal analysis of the many different types of cases that come before it. To gain trial experience, he joined Counsel for Defense, defending low-income people accused of crimes. He has demonstrated his passion for public service. As a defense attorney, he would bring some balance to District Court (where the last three Judges were all former prosecutors, like his opponent). Kyle Mott has the demeanor to listen, be respectful to all, and render fair decisions. Please give him your vote.

Bart Vandegrift

Chelan County Superior Court

Commissioner, Retired


Why Vote for Kyle?

Kyle believes impartiality, integrity, and fairness are critical personal attributes of an effective judge, and these qualities have nothing to do with the number of years spent in a courtroom as an attorney. If elected, Kyle would serve the people of Chelan County with dedication and a passion for justice.   

As a public defender, Kyle is committed to serving the public to ensure justice is administered properly and fairly. Our community needs leaders like Kyle who recognize issues in our systems and have the courage to do something about them. Kyle filed against a sitting judge because he believes he can bring positive change to our local court. 

Kyle understands that balance is crucial in our courts, yet the last three individuals who have filled Chelan County District Court positions have been prosecutors, and Kyle's opponent is a career Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor. If elected, Kyle's experiences can help to bring balance and a fresh perspective to our local court.

As an attorney practicing solely in District Court, Kyle is acutely aware of the issues seen in district court, including mental health issues, addiction, homelessness, and the effects of poverty. Kyle also hopes to address the high volume of Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree charges. This misdemeanor charge is filed when a person drives while their license is suspended (usually for unpaid traffic tickets), but eligible to reinstate the license. This is the most common charge in district court state-wide and consumes valuable time and resources from prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation, jail, and the court. A reinstatement program for eligible defendants (modeled after successful programs in other counties and cities) could help to get drivers relicensed and out of the court system by avoiding the collections agencies and their high interest charges. 

"Experience Matters" has become the popular tagline for some local judicial candidates this year. The truth is that neither Kyle nor his opponent have judicial experience. What Kyle does have is well-rounded experience in working with individuals and families to resolve both civil and criminal matters. District Court deals with civil claims, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor criminal charges, and traffic infractions. Kyle also served as the judicial law clerk to Chelan County Superior Court Judges Lesley A. Allan, Alicia Nakata (ret.), and T.W. "Chip" Small (ret.). Kyle also volunteers for local organizations such as Chelan-Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services, the Numerica Performing Arts Center (PAC), and events such as the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

Democrat or Republican? In Washington, all elected judicial positions are non-partisan, so you will not see party affiliations such as (D) or (R) next to any judicial candidate's name. Strangely though, judicial candidates are permitted to seek and accept endorsements from any organization, including political parties. Kyle has chosen to not seek endorsements from either major party. Fundamentally, a judge is required to interpret and apply the law to the facts of each case, fairly and impartially. Given this duty, Kyle believes judges should remain free from partisan influences and should not be explicitly or even implicitly beholden to the ideals or agendas of any political party. Given the current political climate and its highly divisive issues, the importance of trying to maintain a truly independent judiciary at all levels is of utmost importance.

Kyle with a few of his endorsements: Commissioner Bart Vandegrift (ret.), Judge John E. Bridges (ret.), 

Judge T. W. Small (ret.),

and Judge Carol Wardell (ret.)

"If elected to this position, my commitment to impartiality and justice would be paramount, but I also believe everyone appearing before the Court should be consistently treated with high levels of respect, courtesy, and compassion, when compassion is appropriate." 

-Kyle Mott 


Kyle has been endorsed by retired Superior Court Judges John E. Bridges. T.W. "Chip" Small, Carol Wardell, retired Court Commissioner Bart Vandegrift, Sue Baker, Buell Hawkins, Robert H. Castro (Kyle's previous opponent), Dr. Jorge Chacon, PsyD., Judge Robert McSeveney, and a growing list of local attorneys and community members. For a complete list please visit the endorsements page.

Volunteer Work

Kyle is a board member and treasurer for the non-profit Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services, volunteer at the Performing Arts Center (PAC), and currently chairs the annual Washington State Bar Association Trial Advocacy Program. 


Public Defender with Counsel for Defense of Chelan County. Counsel for Defense of Chelan County is a non-profit organization located in Wenatchee, WA. Kyle previously worked for local firms Ogden Murphy Wallace, P.L.L.C. and Lacy Kane, P.S., and served as the Senior Law Clerk at Chelan County Superior Court.