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Dave Larson


Washington Supreme Court

Position Six

Dave LarsonLegal/Judicial Experience: Judge Larson is the Presiding Judge of the Federal Way Municipal Court. Larson has 23 years of legal experience, in both state and federal courts. He has handled complex civil litigation.

Other Professional Experience: Former President, Federal Way School Board.

Education: B.A., Public Administration, University of Puget Sound; J.D., Seattle University School of Law.

Community Service: Judge Larson remains very active in the Federal Way Schools. He is a member of the Council on Public Legal Education and Kiwanis. He founded Aktion Club of Federal Way, a service club for people with developmental disabilities.

Statement: Judge Dave Larson has the experience, temperament and commitment to the law and Constitution we need on our state Supreme Court. He is endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans. Larson is the Presiding Judge of the Federal Way Municipal Court, where hes seen more than 28,0000 criminal filings. Dave has been recognized for his work to reduce domestic violence. He is trusted by his fellow judges, and taught new judges how to competently administer their courts and protect judicial independence.

Judge Larson volunteered to join a court that was wracked by scandal and had lost the public trust. He brought the community together and saved that court.

Today, many people are worried that our state Supreme Court has lost the public trust. The court has clashed with the legislature, the Governor and even other judges. Judge Larson knows the court must respect the Constitution, and the other branches of our government. He believes in judicial restraint. As a former school board president, Larson has a unique insight into the major issues currently before the court.

Dave and his wife Debby live in Federal Way. They have two sons, Andrew and Joshua, and they attend St. Vincent DePaul Church.

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Opponent: Charlie Wiggins
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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