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Bruce Hilyer

 

Washington Supreme Court

Position 9

Bruce HilyerLegal/Judicial Experience: Judge Bruce Hilyer has served on the King County Superior Court since 2000; Presiding Judge 2008-2010.

Other Professional Experience: Judge Hilyer began his career as a deputy prosecutor under Norm Maleng, then served as counsel to Mayor Charles Royer. Worked in private practice 1985-2000, representing individuals and small businesses in civil, environmental, and health care cases. Appointed to the Superior Court in 2000 by Governor Locke.

Education: BA in Government (Cornell), JD with High Honors (UW Law School).

Community Service: Formerly: Heart of America Board, Washington Environmental Council, Center for Human Services, State Parks and Recreation Commissioner (1992-2000).

Statement: Serving on the Superior Court since 2000, Judge Bruce Hilyer was Presiding Judge of Washington's largest court system 2008-2010 and received King County Bar Association's 2010 "Judge of the Year" award. To make access to the courts more affordable, Hilyer lead his court to become the first to implement electronic filing-saving taxpayers millions while conserving resources and preventing cuts in both jobs and services.

Judge Hilyer has the highest judicial ratings, including "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by the State Prosecutors Association and other independent rating groups. Hilyer is endorsed by 8 former Justices, 150+ judges statewide, State Labor Council, State Troopers Association, NARAL, Prosecutors, Sheriffs, Democrats, Republicans, and hundreds of citizens.

A father of two, Judge Hilyer is balanced, trusted, and truly independent. Let's move the court forward, not return to the controversies of a former justice retired by the voters in 2010. Visit www.JudgeHilyerforJustice.com and www.VotingforJudges.com for qualification comparisons.

"I believe that my trial court experience will strengthen the Supreme Court. Judicial experience is critical to appreciate the human impacts of the law, to make the most efficient use of court resources and to recognize that effective law enforcement and civil liberties are both important." -Judge Bruce Hilyer


 
Campaign web site: http://judgehilyerforjustice.com | Facebook  
Email: info@judgehilyerforjustice.com
 
Opponents: John Ladenburg, Sheryl Gordpn McCloud, Richard Sanders
 
Questionnaire responses: For King County Democrats

 
Video Voters' Guide:

 

Candidate ratings:

ORGANIZATION BRUCE
HILYER
JOHN
LADENBURG
SHERYL
GORDON
McCLOUD
RICHARD
SANDERS
Cardozo Society * * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
*
Joint Asian
Judicial

Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified Well Qualified Well Qualified *
Justice for Washington
Foundation
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Qualified Qualified
King County
Bar Association
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Loren Miller
Bar Association
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
* * *
Pierce County
Minority

Bar Association
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
* *
Q-Law: The GLBT
Bar Association

of Washington
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Well Qualified *
Seattle Metropolitan
Elections Committee
Recommended Recommended * Hostile
Tacoma-Pierce County
Bar Association
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
*
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Not Qualified Not Qualified
Washington Defense
Trial Lawyers
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Well Qualified Declined
Participation
Washington
Women Lawyers
Well Qualified Well Qualified Qualified *

Important note! Each of these organizations uses its own standards and rating terms when evaluating candidates; please check their pages for further information. We do not have ratings from all organizations for all candidates, and the reasons vary. Some evaluations may still be in process, or we might not have received them yet; some candidates may not have been offered an opportunity to participate, or they may have declined to participate. Again, please check the organizations' pages for further details.


 

Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

NEWSPAPER BRUCE
HILYER
JOHN
LADENBURG
SHERYL
GORDON
McCLOUD
RICHARD
SANDERS
Kitsap Sun      
Seattle Times      
Spokesman-Review      
The Stranger      
Tacoma News Tribune      
Wenatchee World      
Yakima Valley
Business Times
     

 
 

Finance report:

See individual contributors:
Bruce Hilyer
John Ladenburg
Sheryl Gordon McCloud
Richard Sanders


 
Media stories:
    August 2
Ellensburg Daily Record   Ladenburg: Court outsider with range of experience
    July 29, 2012
The Olympian   4 candidates want to replace justice on state supreme court
Ellensburg Daily Record   Trio of Supreme Court Position 9 hopefuls respond to questionnaire
    July 26, 2012
KUOW.org   Open Supreme Court Seat Makes For Vigorous Race
Seattle P-I   Hilyer boosted over Sanders in judicial rating
    July 23, 2012
Seattle Times   Richard Sanders faces 3 rivals in Supreme Court comeback bid
    July 22, 2012
Seattle P-I   Challengers no-shows at Supreme Court forum
Yakima Herald   Supreme Court candidate running on credentials, not name recognition
    July 1, 2012
Yakima Herald   Former justice hoping to fill vacant Supreme Court seat
    June 6, 2012
Sequim Gazette   State Supreme Court candidate visits peninsula

 
 

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