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. 
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|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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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.
In the News
Contested primaries set for Washington this August
As featured in JP Election Brief: All about appellate courts on May 24, 2012.
With nine candidates filing for three seats on the Washington Supreme Court, and fifteen candidates filing for seven Washington Court of Appeals races, the August primary election will host much competition.
Justice Susan Owens has a term expiring in 2012. She has filed for reelection to the seat, but she may not coast to victory. She is challenged by Douglas W. McQuaid and Scott Stafne.
Justice Steven Gonzalez is running in his first election since his appointment in November 2011. He will be challenged by Bruce O. Danielson.
Court of Appeals:
Two seats on the appellate court will be contested this year. One, that of retiring Judge David Armstrong, is on Division 2, District 2. Six candidates have filed for that race: Pamela Loginsky, Thomas Bjorgen, Michael Lynch, Thomas E. Weaver, Jr., Jim Foley and Brendan Williams.
The other is on Division 3, District 3 and is held by Teresa Kulik. Kulik will be challenged by Devin Poulson this year.
The following judges are running unopposed for reelection to the court:
- Ronald Cox - Division 1, District 1, Position 4
- Marlin Appelwick - Division 1, District 1, Position 7
- Mary Kay Becker - Division 1, District 3, Position 1
- Christine Quinn-Brintnall - Division 2, District 1, Position 3
- Joel Penoyar - Division 2, District 3, Position 1
- Laurel Siddoway - Division 3, District 1, Position 1
All candidate filing data is from the Washington Secretary of State, Primary Candidate Filing.
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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- 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
- The Green Papers: Washington 2012 General Election
- ↑ Supreme Court of Washington Blog, "Richard Sanders to attempt return to Supreme Court," March 22, 2012
- ↑ Voting for Judges.org, Washington Supreme Court
- ↑ Judicial selection in Washington
- ↑ Return Richard Sanders to the Supreme Court campaign website
- ↑ Ruminations Blog, Washington Supreme Court, March 26, 2012