Upcoming Judicial Elections
This August, for the first time in our Washington state’s history, we will hold our primary election in August. Due to the importance of every judicial seat, I felt I should write and share my thoughts on the best candidates to promote an independent and fair judiciary. Having fair and impartial jurists is vitally important to our system, yet I know how hard it can be to choose your candidate, because information is so sparse. I hope my recommendations will be helpful in making your decision.
As you may know, the primary election is the election for any judicial candidate who gets fifty percent plus one vote. That means in two person races, the winner will be decided in August. With this early primary, voter turnout is expected to be down. So this is a chance to really make your vote count.
The Supreme Court races are of course most important. In the last supreme court election, the Building Industry Association of Washington spent heavily in an attempt to hijack the seat of Chief Justice Gerry Alexander. The reason for the attack: While he was a jurist of conservative leanings, and damned qualified to be on the State's highest court, he did not bend to the interests of the BIAW. Groen, on the other hand, was willing to publicly state his opinion on issues that he would hear before the court, openly declaring his decisions even before the election. That would not be justice, that would be using the courts as a tool of business.
I have spent a lot of time considering these races, and talking to a range of colleagues. I strongly recommend voting for the following:
-Justice Mary Fairhurst (one opponent, so race will be decided in August)
-Justice Charles Johnson (two opponents, but the race may be decided in August)
-Justice Debra Stephens (Unopposed, but an outstanding jurist worthy of our support)
Our Appellate courts are also vitally important. I am limiting my recommendations to contested races. My strong recommendation are as follows:
Division Two, Peninsula District
-Judge Robin Hunt (one opponent, so race will be decided in August.)
-Judge Kevin Koorsmo.
We also have in King County a number of contested Superior Court races. My recommendations are as follows:
-Tim Bradshaw, Position 1
-Regina Cahan, Position 10
-Holly Hill, Position 22
-Judge Laura Gene Middaugh, Position 26
-Nic Corning, Position 37
-Mariane Spearman, Position 53
If you would like any additional information on any of these races and why I made these choices, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank you so much for considering my views and I hope you find them helpful.