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Stephen Johnson


Washington Supreme Court

Position 2

Stephen JohnsonEDUCATION: BA, Whitman College, Economics, 1961 Law Degree, University of Washington, 1964
OCCUPATION: State Senator (1995-2007); Practicing Attorney 1965 to date.
EMPLOYER: Of Counsel, Kutscher, Hereford, Johnson; Seattle
LEGAL/JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE: "Stephen Johnson has a fine legal mind and will be a great addition to the Supreme Court."- James Andersen, former Chief Justice, Washington Supreme Court. An Independent Voice For Property Rights, Open Government & Judicial Restraint. Steve will uphold the Washington Constitutionís strong Property Rights provisions, ensure your right to view public documents, and secure your constitutional rights of initiative/referendum. Experienced, Effective Leadership. In the State Senate from 1995-2007, serving on the Judiciary Committee and Legislative Ethics Board. Steve was Washington State Bar Association's "2005 Outstanding Elected Official" and Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs' "Legislator of the Year" 2001/2003.

Candidate Statement: Stephen Johnson has statewide, bipartisan support: Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris, Dino Rossi, State Auditor Brian Sonntag, Former Secretary of State Ralph Munro, King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, Former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, Former Senator Slade Gorton, the Washington Farm Bureau, and the Washington Realtors Association. For more endorsements go to Steveís web site: A Lifetime Of Service. A resident of Kent and former School Board member, Steve earned his B.A. from Whitman College and his law degree from UW. Heís practiced law in Yakima, Kent and Seattle. Steve and Lynn have two grown children and five grandchildren.

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Opponent: Susan Owens
Candidate ratings (click organization for details):

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluations
* Qualified
King County
Bar Association
Well Qualified Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Adequate Outstanding
Women Lawyers
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Centralia Chronicle (Primary)  
Everett Herald (General)  
Kitsap Sun (Primary)  
Longview Daily News (Primary)  
The Olympian (General)  
Seattle P-I (Primary)  
Seattle Times
(Primary and General)
Spokane Spokesman-Review (Primary)  
Tacoma News-Tribune
(Primary and General)
Tri-City Herald (General)  
Vancouver Columbian (Primary)  
Yakima Herald-Republic (General)  
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (General)  

Complete finance report, including:
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  • direct independent expenditures (over $1,000)
Stephen Johnson
Campaign Contributors
10/30/2006 Contributors to
Stephen Johnson
Building Industry
Association of Washington
09/08/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
Committee for
Judicial Restraint
09/11/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
Constitutional Law PAC 09/15/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
Home Builders Ass'n
of Tri-Cities
09/15/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
It's Time for a Change 11/03/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
It's Time for a Change 11/03/2006 Opposing
Susan Owens
Justice for Washington 11/03/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
Justice for Washington 10/31/2006 Opposing
Susan Owens
TOTAL Supporting Stephen Johnson or Opposing Susan Owens $845,247.41
Susan Owens
Campaign Contributors
10/30/2006 Contributors to
Susan Owens
Citizens to Uphold the
11/02/2006 Supporting
Susan Owens
Citizens to Uphold the
11/02/2006 Opposing
Stephen Johnson
SEIU Washington
Political Action Fund
10/27/2006 Supporting
Susan Owens
SEIU Washington
Political Action Fund
10/27/2006 Opposing
Stephen Johnson
TOTAL Supporting Susan Owens or Opposing Stephen Johnson $495,824.50, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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