General Election: November 4, 2014


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Charles Johnson

Legal/Judicial Experience: Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson, the State Supreme Court's most experienced member, has worked 24 years protecting individual rights, balancing the scales of justice for those less privileged, and improving court efficiency. For 15 years he taught Washington Constitutional Law at Seattle University Law School. He remains distinguished jurist in residence at the school.

Other Professional Experience: Before joining the court in 1991, Justice Johnson worked 14 years as a lawyer helping people with everyday needs.

Education: Seattle University Law School; University of Washington; Curtis High School, Tacoma.

Community Service: Washington Trails Association; Pierce County Food Bank; Pierce County Prayer Breakfast; YMCA Youth Programs.

Statement: Justice Charles Johnson understands our rights and freedoms. His 24-year record shows his commitment to individual privacy and holding government accountable. He works to deliver fair, accessible, and equal justice for all.

Lawyers' groups rate Justice Johnson "exceptionally well qualified." His proven experience, fairness, intellect, and impartiality are reflected by the diversity of organizations supporting his re-election, including: State Council of Fire Fighters; State Patrol Troopers; King, Pierce, and Snohomish County Democrats; Mainstream Republicans; State Labor Council; State Association of Realtors; Aerospace Machinists 751; Federation of State Employees; and other groups and individuals statewide.

The National Council on Racial and Ethnic Fairness recognized his efforts to improve justice for all persons. He received the McAulay National Legal Educator Award for lifetime dedication to integrity, compassion, courage, and professional service. He received a special commendation for improving legal services to military members.

We need Supreme Court members like Justice Johnson, with proven experience, intelligence, integrity, fairness, and impartiality. Hard work and challenges underscore his life. He worked as a laborer to pay for college and law school, and understands the value of our time and money.

A lifetime Washington resident, Justice Johnson and his wife, Dana, live in Gig Harbor.


 
Official web site: www.charlesjohnsonforjustice.com  
Opponent: Eddie Yoon
 
Candidate ratings:

ORGANIZATION CHARLES
JOHNSON
EDDIE
YOON
Joint Asian Judicial
Evaluations Committee
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
*
King County Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Refused to
Cooperate
Joint Asian Judicial
Evaluations Committee
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
*
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Exceptionally
Well Qualified
*
QLaw: The GLBT Bar
Association of Washington
Qualified *
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well 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 for candidates with an asterisk (*), 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.


 

Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

NEWSPAPER CHARLES
JOHNSON
EDDIE
YOON
The Columbian  
Everett Herald  
The Olympian  
Seattle Times  
Spokesman-Review  
The Stranger  
Tacoma News Tribune  
Tri-City Herald  
Yakima Herald-Republic  

 
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