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Charlie Wiggins


Washington Supreme Court

Position Six

Charlie WigginsLegal/Judicial Experience: State Supreme Court, 2010-present

Other Professional Experience: Justice Wiggins has served on the State Court of Appeals, as a pro-tem Superior Court judge, and in private practice for over 30 years.

Education: Justice Wiggins graduated from Princeton University with honors. He served four years in the Army, earning an MBA and rising to Captain. The G.I. Bill helped Wiggins to attend Duke Law School.

Community Service: Justice Wiggins is an active volunteer, traveling to Albania to assist judges transitioning from communism to democracy, performing award-winning work with Habitat for Humanity, his church, and assisting poor clients without payment.

Statement: Justice Charlie Wiggins brings a lifelong passion for equal justice and the rule of law to the Supreme Court. A productive opinion writer, his 110 opinions over the past 5 years protect our constitutional liberties, impartially uphold and interpret the law, and justly resolve cases.

Justice Wiggins works to protect judicial independence, campaigning with legislators and others to limit campaign contributions in judicial elections. He helped author a proposed rule that a judge cannot sit on a case involving any party who spent substantial funds supporting the judge’s election. He helped start the award-winning web site, educating citizens about judicial candidates.

A champion for judicial access, Justice Wiggins has worked to educate local and state leaders on the importance of an independent, efficient judiciary system. No one should be forced to wait for trial or sacrifice representation because they lack the resources to hire a skilled attorney, face a language barrier, or have other challenges.

Proudly endorsed by over 100 current and former judges statewide, a bi-partisan coalition of elected officials, the Washington State Labor Council, State Firefighters, State Patrol Troopers, and more. For more endorsements and more recent information, visit

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Opponent: Dave Larson
Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluations Committee
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
The LGBT Bar Association
Qualified Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Association of
Prosecuting Attorneys
Qualified Well Qualified

* No rating available (yet).


Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

The Columbian  
Federal Way Mirror  
The Olympian  
Seattle Times  
The Stranger  
Tacoma News Tribune  
Tri-Cities Herald  
Yakima Herald  


Media stories:

    October 29, 2016
Seattle Times   [Editorial] Nasty attack ad against Justice Wiggins has no place in state Supreme Court race
    October 28, 2016
Kitsap Sun   Ads sully race for court
    October 27, 2016
KIRO TV   Billionaires Gates, Ballmer and Allen target Supreme Court justice
    October 26, 2016
Seattle PI   Top lawyers tell rich conservatives: Take Willie Horton-style TV spot off the air
Spokesman Review   Big money fuels contentious Washington Supreme Court races
KNKX FM   Political Action Committee Targets Washington Justice With Hard-Hitting Ad
    October 21, 2016
Seattle Times   See the Washington businessmen behind spending $350K on TV ads to defeat Supreme Court Justice Wiggins
    October 6, 2016
Pacific Northwest
  Ballot box justice
    August 6, 2016
Kitsap Sun   Supreme Court candidates face off in Kitsap
    August 1, 2016
Walla Walla
  Why are state Supreme Court judges elected?
    June 27, 2016
NBC Right Now   Washington Supreme Court justices stop in Yakima
    June 3, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   Controversial school-funding rulings prompt crowded Supreme Court races
    May 27, 2016
Seattle Times   [Editorial] Celebrate competitive state Supreme Court races
    May 19, 2016
Seattle P.I.   Supreme Court challengers appear at Republican state convention
    May 3, 2016
The Olympian   Federal Way Judge Dave Larson seeks Supreme Court seat

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