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Jim Johnson


Washington Supreme Court

Position One

This contest will be decided in the Primary.

Jim Johnson

Legal /Judicial Experience: Justice Jim Johnson has served on our state Supreme Court for six years, authoring over 140 opinions, including landmark defenses of free speech, property rights, victims' rights and open government. Previously, Jim served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General and argued some of our state's most important cases, including the U.S. Supreme Court case that won us the 9th Congressional District. As Washington's Counsel for the Environment he negotiated agreements that preserved thousands of acres for wildlife habitat and recreation.

Other Professional Experience: No information submitted

Education: Jim attended Seattle's Ingraham High School, graduated from Harvard and earned his law degree from the University of Washington.

Community Service: No information submitted

Candidate Statement: Keep freedom's friend on the court, reelect Justice Jim Johnson. Six years ago Justice Johnson made a simple promise to the people of Washington: he would uphold the law and constitution as written and never legislate from the bench. Jim has kept that promise and today he deserves our vote to remain on our state's highest court.

The better qualified candidate. Justice Jim Johnson is the only candidate with judicial experience and the only candidate with meaningful appellate experience. Prior to joining the court, Jim was one of our state's most accomplished attorneys - arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court, the state Supreme Court and other state and federal appellate courts. Justice Johnson has consistently been the court's most reliable voice for law and order, which has earned him the support of law enforcement.

Bi-partisan endorsements: former Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, Justice Tom Chambers, Justice Charles Johnson, Justice Susan Owens, Attorney General Rob McKenna, State Auditor Brian Sonntag and Senator Slade Gorton.

Jim and his wife Kathy live in Olympia, they have two grown daughters. Jim volunteered for the U.S. Army and served at Fort Lewis during the Vietnam War. He enjoys hunting, sailing, diving and the opera.

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Opponent: Stan Rumbaugh
Streaming video: For Position 1

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Candidate ratings:

King County Bar Association Well Qualified Well Qualified
Municipal League of King County Very Good Very Good
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
* Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Centralia Chronicle  
Everett Herald  
Longview Daily News  
The Olympian  
Seattle Times  
Spokane Spokesman-Review  
Tacoma News Tribune  
Tri-City Herald  
Vancouver Columbian  
Walla-Walla Union Leader  
Yakima Herald  

Finance report:
Jim Johnson
Campaign Contributions
08/17/2010 Contributors to
Jim Johnson
Personal Funds $60,000.00
TOTAL Supporting Jim Johnson or Opposing Stan Rumbaugh $125,109.49
Stan Rumbaugh
Campaign Contributors
08/17/2010 Contributors to
Stan Rumbaugh
Personal Funds $5,300.00
Loans $4,700.00
Fuse Votes 08/17/2010 Opposing
Jim Johnson
Impartial Justice 08/17/2010 Opposing
Jim Johnson
TOTAL Supporting Stan Rumbaugh or Opposing Jim Johnson $371,716.52

Media stories:
    August 17, 2010
Seattle Times   Incumbent WA justices face tough re-election bids
    August 14, 2010
Bellingham Herald   Money means plenty of bias in Washington Supreme Court race
    August 13, 2010
Tri-City Herald   'Centrist' lawyer challenges conservative incumbent
The Olympian   Supreme Court candidates refusing 'ethics' pledge
    August 12, 2010
Seattle Times   [Editorial] There's nothing fair about FairPAC's ads attacking Justice Jim Johnson
    August 9, 2010
Seattle P-I   [Column] Right-thinking, activist judges need replacing
    August 8, 2010
Tacoma News Tribune   Money means plenty of bias to go around in high court race
    August 2, 2010
Seattle Times   Sharp ideological contrasts in state Supreme Court race
    July 31, 2010
Seattle Times   Conservative WA Supreme Court justice targeted
    July 25, 2010
Seattle Times   3 Wash. Supreme Court justices seek re-election
    June 18, 2010
Bellingham Herald   AWB backs incumbents on state Supreme Court
    June 10, 2010
Tacoma News Tribune   Pierce County trial lawyer files to seek Supreme Court seat
    May 10, 2010
Seattle P-I   Prop rights activists kick in for Johnson kickoff
    March 15, 2010
Tacoma News Tribune   Johnson seeks re-election to state Supreme Court
    March 10, 2010
The Olympian   Justice Jim Johnson running for re-election
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