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Charlie Wiggins


Washington Supreme Court

Position Six

Charlie Wiggins

Legal/Judicial Experience: Former Court of Appeals judge; pro tem superior court judge in King County and Jefferson County; 33 years experience representing diverse clients in every type of case in all appellate courts in Washington.

Other Professional Experience: Past chair of Disciplinary Board and Court Rules Committee; past president of Washington Chapter of American Judicature Society.

Education: BA Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 1969; MBA, University of Hawaii, 1972; JD, Duke Law School, 1976

Community Service: Army veteran, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church Board of Elders and youth leader for 7 trips building homes, organized Kitsap County lawyers and built two Habitat for Humanity homes for single mothers.

Statement: Join 60 judges, 30 elected prosecutors-Republicans and Democrats-Sheriffs and police statewide, State Labor Council, Washington Conservation Voters, women's groups, LGBT leaders and others supporting Charlie Wiggins: a respected Kitsap County attorney, former Appeals Court Judge, Army veteran and champion of judicial ethics.

Charlie has worked to protect our courts from ideological special interests by limiting campaign contributions, supporting public financing of judicial elections and judicial ethics rules. The incumbent opposes these reforms. The incumbent was admonished by the Judicial Conduct Commission for interviewing sexually violent predators who had cases before him. Compare candidates at

Rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by King County, Tacoma-Pierce County, Loren Miller, and Latina Bar Associations, Charlie's achievements include: 2010 Kitsap Bar Humanitarian Award; 2008 WSBA Young Lawyers Professionalism Award; UGM Legal Clinic Volunteer of the Year; Law & Politics Super Lawyer; Best Lawyers in America.

Charlie is father of two, Habitat for Humanity volunteer and active in his church and community. Charlie will bring the perspectives of people from all walks of life to the Court. Charlie has the integrity and impartiality we need on our Supreme Court.

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Opponents: Bryan Chushcoff | Richard Sanders
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For Municipal League of King County
For King County Democrats

Streaming video: For Position 6

Video Voters' Guide:

Candidate ratings:

King County Bar Association Qualified Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Tacoma-Pierce County
Bar Association
* * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Very Good Good Outstanding
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluations Committee
* * Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association * * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
Qualified * Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Centralia Chronicle    
Everett Herald  
Kitsap Sun  
Longview Daily News    
Seattle Times    
Spokane Spokesman-Review    
Tacoma News Tribune  
Tri-City Herald    
Vancouver Columbian    
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin    
Yakima Herald    

Finance report:

(Click a dollar figure for detailed information.)

Bryan Chushcoff 8/17/2010 $0.00 $1194.60
Richard Sanders 8/17/2010 $200,738.40 $152,599.53
Charlie Wiggins 8/17/2010 $149,483.30
(Personal Funds $6,000.00)

Media stories:
    August 17, 2010
Seattle Times   Incumbent WA justices face tough re-election bids
    August 14, 2010
Tri-City Herald   Challengers accuse Supreme Court justice of bias
    August 13, 2010
The Olympian   Supreme Court candidates refusing 'ethics' pledge
    August 9, 2010
Seattle P-I   [Column] Right-thinking, activist judges need replacing
    August 7, 2010
Spokesman-Review   Challengers to Sanders perk up state court ballot
    August 3, 2010
Vancouver Columbian   Judicial candidates discuss bench philosophies at forum
    August 1, 2010
Peninsula Daily News   Supreme Court justice candidates appear at Port Ludlow forum
    July 30, 2010
The Olympian   Justice Sanders' behavior is issue in state court race
    July 29, 2010
Seattle Times   Justice Richard Sanders, as usual, draws fire from two election opponents
    July 28, 2010
Peninsula Daily News   State judge hopefuls spar during forum
    July 25, 2010
Seattle Times   3 Wash. Supreme Court justices seek re-election
    July 20, 2010
Vancouver Columbian   Supreme Court candidates describe themselves, each other
    June 18, 2010
Bellingham Herald   AWB backs incumbents on state Supreme Court
    June 3, 2010
Yakima Herald   Justice Sanders responds to challenger's criticisms
    May 2, 2010
Aberdeen Daily World   High court challenger questions decisions of Justice Richard Sanders
    April 28, 2010
Yakima Herald   Bainbridge Island attorney to challenge for high court seat
    March 2, 2010
Tacoma News Tribune   Sanders to stand for re-election to court
    March 1, 2010
Kitsap Business Journal   Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders announces re-election bid
    February 20, 2010
Seattle Times   Bainbridge attorney to run against Justice Sanders

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