Washington judicial elections, 2012
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The Washington judicial elections will consist of a primary on August 7 and a general election on November 6, 2012. 
This is only a partial list of candidates.To organize the columns, click on the arrows in the column heading.
|Candidate||Incumbency||Office||Primary Vote||Election Vote|
|Bruce Hilyer||No||Position 9||25.6%|
|Bruce O. Danielson||No||Position 8||43.1%|
|Douglas W. McQuaid||No||Position 2||24.14%|
|John Ladenburg||No||Position 9||15.31%|
|Richard Sanders||No||Position 9||27.48%||44.76%|
|Scott Stafne||No||Position 2||12.36%|
|Sheryl McCloud||No||Position 9||31.61%||55.24%|
|Steven Gonzalez||Yes||Position 8||56.9%||100%|
|Susan Owens||Yes||Position 2||63.5%||100%|
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Richard Sanders announces for Supreme Court
As featured in JP Election Brief: Florida gets ready as Alabama wraps up (and more!) on April 26, 2012.
Richard Sanders has announced his candidacy for Position 9 on the Washington State Supreme Court, the seat currently held by Justice Tom Chambers that will be left vacant when Chambers retires later this year. Sanders will face Bruce Hilyer, John Ladenburg, and Sheryl McCloud in Washington's non-partisan primary election on August 7, 2012. If any one candidate receives over 50% of the vote, that candidate will be the new justice. If no candidate receives over 50% of the vote, the top two vote recipients will face each other in a runoff in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Sanders's candidacy for a position on the state's highest court is of particular interest because it is a position he has held before. He served as a Washington Supreme Court justice from 1995 to 2010, when he was defeated by a narrow margin in his bid for reelection by current Justice Charlie Wiggins, earning 49.66% of the vote to Wiggins's 50.34%. It remains to be seen whether Sanders's libertarian-leaning platform of protection of the individual rights of private citizens will appeal to the state's voters this time around.
To learn more about Sanders' 2010 reelection race, read: Wiggins pulls ahead in close Supreme Court race, November 12, 2010.
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For information on the Superior Court elections, visit: Washington judicial elections, 2012 - Superior Courts.
For information on the Circuit Court elections, visit: Washington judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Courts.
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- The Seattle Times "John Ladenburg running for state Supreme Court", June 29, 2011
- The News Tribune "John Ladenburg will run for state high court, not attorney general", June 30, 2011