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Candidate statements: Rigby files to run for judge

For The Madera Tribune

At left is Madera County Superior Court Judge candidate Katherine Rigby.


Deputy District Attorney Katherine Rigby formally filed her paperwork to run for Madera County Superior Court Judge in the June 7 primary.

Rigby was honored to have eight of the Madera County Superior Court Judges present with her showing their support when completed her paperwork to run for judge.

Rigby is a fourth generation Maderan. After attending Madera schools she attended Fresno State as a Smittcamp Family Honors College Scholar and Craig School of Business Scholar. Rigby attended law school at McGeorge School of Law where she earned her law degree and her MBA. She interned at the Governor’s Office of Legal Affairs, the Department of Food and Agriculture, as well as local Valley firms.

When Rigby was sworn in as a member of the California State Bar, she eagerly returned to Madera to begin the practice of law. She worked for the Ciummo & Associates’ Madera Alternate Defense office where she represented hundreds of children in the Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency Courts here in Madera.

Rigby was then invited to join the firm of Gilmore, Wood, Vinnard & Magness (now Gilmore Magness Janisse). She practiced civil litigation, handling mostly business/commercial, agriculture, and real property matters. She represented clients from throughout the Valley in courtrooms up and down the state, both state and federal.

Rigby was drawn back to the criminal justice system and public safety. For the past several years she has served as a Deputy District Attorney, prosecuting a litany of crimes, misdemeanors and felonies alike. Just in the last few weeks she has successfully tried two felony cases to verdict.

Rigby is eager to serve the community that raised and shaped her. She feels strongly in seeking justice for all, and upholding, protecting, and defending the Constitution — the rule of law in our great country. She believes that every individual who comes before the court should have equal access to our justice system, that cases should be decided fairly and impartially, and that decisions be made based on law and not personal or political views.

Because of her strong commitment to public safety and justice, some of her endorsements include eight Madera County Superior Court Judges, the entire Madera County Board of Supervisors, Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno, Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp, the Madera Police Officers’ Association, the Madera Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Madera Police Chief Dino Lawson, and Retired Sheriff Jay Varney.

She is a Rotarian, currently serves on the board for the Madera County Sheriff’s Foundation, and is a Friend of the Madera Library.


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