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Washington Supreme Court

Supreme Court justices are elected to six-year terms by voters throughout the entire state. There are nine Supreme Court justices, and Washington residents will vote for three in 2010.

Supreme Court candidates appear on the primary election ballot on August 17, 2010. If a candidate receives more than 50% of the votes cast in the primary, that candidate appears on the general election ballot without opposition. If no candidate receives more than 50% in the primary, the top two candidates appear on the general election ballot on November 2, 2010.

Position 1: Jim Johnson is the incumbent. He is being challenged by Stan Rumbaugh. This contest will be decided in the Primary.

Position 5: Barbara Madsen is the incumbent. She is running for re-election without opposition.

Barbara Madsen

Barbara Madsen

Position 6: Richard Sanders is the incumbent. He is being challenged by Bryan Chushcoff and Charlie Wiggins.


Court of Appeals

Division One, District One

(King County)

District One elects eight judges; Positions 1 and 2 will be on the 2010 ballot.

Judge C. Kenneth Grosse is the Position 1 incumbent. He is running for re-election without opposition.

C. Kenneth Grosse

C. Kenneth Grosse

Michael Spearman was appointed by the Governor to Position 2 in March 2010. He is running for re-election without opposition.

Michael Spearman

Michael Spearman


Superior Court

Superior Court judges are elected to four-year terms; most were elected in 2008, and their terms extend through the end of 2012.

Jean Rietschel was appointed earlier this year to fill a vacancy in Department 36. Because nobody filed against her, she received a Certificate of Election after filing week. The position will not appear on the ballot.

Beth Andrus was appointed on July 8 to fill a vacancy in Department 35. She will have to stand for election in November.


District Court

District Court judges are elected to four-year terms, and all District Court positions are up for election in 2010. King County is divided geographically into five electoral districts; voters elect judges in the electoral district where they reside. See map.

The following candidates have filed (incumbents in bold). One race (NE Position 7) will appear on the Primary ballot. Seven races will appear on the November ballot. The rest of the races are uncontested.

Northeast Electoral District (also Snohomish County)
Position 1: Janet Garrow
Position 2: Frank LaSalata
Position 3: Linda Jacke
Position 4: Peter Nault
Position 5: David Steiner
Position 6 (November): Michael Finkle | John O'Brien
Position 7 (August): Larry Mitchell | Ketu Shah | Donna Tucker
Shoreline Electoral District
Position 1: Douglas Smith
Position 2 (November): Marcine Anderson | Dennis McCurdy
Southeast Electoral District
Position 1: Charles Delaurenti II
Position 2 (November): Darrell Phillipson | David Meyer
Position 3: Nathaniel Green
Position 4: Corinna Harn
Position 5: Richard Bathum
Position 6 (November): David Tracy | Matt Williams
Southwest Electoral District
Position 1: David Christie
Position 2 (November): Judith Eiler | Susan Mahoney
Position 3: Vicki Seitz
Position 4: Mark Eide
Position 5: Elizabeth Stephenson
West Electoral District
Position 1: Barbara Linde
Position 2: Mark Chow
Position 3: Art Chapman
Position 4: Eileen Kato
Position 5: Anne Harper


Seattle Municipal Court

All Seattle Municipal Court positions are up for election this year. The following candidates (incumbents in bold) have filed. Positions 1 and 6 will appear on the November ballot. The other positions are uncontested.

Position 1 (November): Edsonya Charles | Ed McKenna
Position 2: Kimi Kondo
Position 3: Steve Rosen
Position 4: Judith Hightower
Position 5: Willie Gregory
Position 6 (November): Karen Donohue | Michael Hurtado
Position 7: Fred Bonner, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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