Local lawyer to run for Circuit Court judge

Dawn McIntosh

Clatsop County lawyer Dawn McIntosh has filed to run for Circuit Court judge in the May election to replace Judge Philip Nelson, who will retire this year.

McIntosh, who works for McIntosh and Long in Gearhart, primarily handles domestic relations, juvenile and criminal cases in Clatsop and Tillamook counties.

She moved to Clatsop County in 1998, when District Attorney Josh Marquis hired her as chief deputy district attorney. She supervised all child abuse and major sex crimes prosecutions in Clatsop County from 1998 to 2003. She chaired the county multidisciplinary team for investigation of child abuse cases.

In 1999, she was named the Oregon District Attorneys Association’s Child Abuse Prosecutor of the Year.

In 2001, she received an FBI award for her outstanding record in the prosecution of offenders. In addition, she was a founding member of Clatsop County’s Lighthouse for Kids, an assessment center for abused children.

McIntosh taught lawyers at the National District Attorneys Association National Advocacy Center in 2001 on rural domestic violence issues and trial advocacy. As an instructor at Clatsop Community College, she received the college’s Meritorious Service Award.

McIntosh graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1992. She interned at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office throughout law school and was hired as an assistant district attorney upon graduation. She worked in the juvenile and child abuse units and received a citation for her work on the Multnomah County District Attorney’s child abuse team.

McIntosh is married and has one child, one stepchild, and two grandchildren. She served on the Cannon Beach PTA, and she is a former coach and sponsor of Seaside Kids and Lower Columbia Youth Soccer Association.

David Goldthorpe, a Clatsop County prosecutor for the past six years, announced his campaign to replace Nelson in October.

The election will be held May 17.

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