Primary Election: August 2, 2022

An information resource for Washington voters


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VotingforJudges is a nonpartisan, impartial source of information about judicial elections in the state of Washington. The site was established in 2006 to provide information to voters in connection with the appellate judicial contests that year, and it has expanded to cover all judicial elections throughout the state. All of Washington's 2022 judicial elections will be reported.


There will be judicial elections in 2022 for the Washington Supreme Court, Washington Court of Appeals, and all county District Courts.

Washington Supreme Court: Three out of nine incumbents are up for election this year. Justices Barbara Madsen, G. Helen Whitener, and Mary I. Yu are running unopposed.

Court of Appeals: There will be judicial elections in all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals this year. These will include many counties in the state. In Division 2, Judges Erik D. Price and Anne Cruser are running for reelection without opposition. In Division 3, Judge George Fearing is running for reelection without opposition.

Superior Court: There will be Superior Court elections in some counties this November, in the General Election. A few positions are contested; most are not.

District Court: All District Court judicial positions will be up for election this year. There is only one primary election contest in the state, however, for Whatcom County District Court Position 2. The candidates in that election are Gordon M. Jenkins, David Nelson, and Jonathan Rands.

Municipal Court: There might be some positions on the ballot, especially if there are vacancies that need to be filled or have been temporarily filled by interim appointments.

We are adding more information as it becomes available. Once again this year, VotingforJudges is your most complete source for impartial judicial election information. Check back here when you're completing your ballot, and tell your friends and colleagues!


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