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Richard Sanders

 

Washington Supreme Court

Position 9

Richard Sanders

Legal/Judicial Experience: I served on the Supreme Court until 2011, first elected in 1995; and reelected in 1998 and 2004. I wrote more opinions than any other current Justice. Before that, I practiced law for 26 years. I also served as an adjunct professor teaching appellate advocacy at the UW School of Law, and guest lectured on state constitutional law at Seattle University.

Other Professional Experience: I am an Eagle Scout and played for the University of Washington in the Rose Bowl. (French horn!)

Education: B.S. and J.D., University of Washington

Community Service: I frequently lectured and wrote many legal articles and opinion pieces explaining our constitutional rights.

Statement: Why has Justice Tom Chambers endorsed Richard Sanders to take his seat on the Court? Because he knows Richard is a person of unquestioned integrity, devoted to protecting the rights of all citizens.

Article 1, Section 1 of our constitution states: “governments...are established to protect and maintain individual rights.” I believe that’s also the job description of a Supreme Court Justice: we must look out for the “little guy” and protect citizen rights. Sometimes this makes me seem conservative, as when I support property rights, and sometimes it makes me seem liberal, as when I fight for free speech and personal rights to privacy. But I am consistent: we have rights the government must not violate.

Thomas Jefferson said the God who gave us life gave us liberty as well. It’s a good thought to remember. I have support that cuts across the spectrum, with endorsements including: the State Republican and Libertarian Parties; legislators; judges and civil libertarians-- and more than 1,000 endorsers, including the Association of Washington Business and Washington Realtors.

Richard Sanders has earned our support and protected our rights. Vote to return Sanders to the Supreme Court.


 
Campaign web site: http://www.friendsofjustice.com | Facebook  
Email: RBSanders@aol.com
 
Opponents: Bruce Hilyer, John Ladenburg, Sheryl Gordon McCloud
 
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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