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Susan Owens


Washington Supreme Court

Position 2

Susan OwensEDUCATION: Graduate of Duke University, law school at University of North Carolina
OCCUPATION: State Supreme Court Justice
EMPLOYER: Washington State Supreme Court
LEGAL/JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE: A judge for 25 years (Supreme Court for 6 years, after 19 years on the Clallam County District Court), Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens has served with integrity, independence and a commitment to your Constitutional rights. Justice Owens respects the law and your rights and privacy.
OPTIONAL INFORMATION: A rural judge known for balanced, common sense rulings, she earned a national reputation teaching judges how to enforce tough new domestic violence laws. Served on the Long Range Planning, Diversity, Conference, and Education committees. Daughter of a small town general practitioner and retired law enforcement officer, mother of two children.

Candidate Statement: I bring a different perspective to the Supreme Court. I’m a rural judge, mother and independent voice for common sense rulings that respect our rights, our privacy—and our Constitution. I believe in leadership, not partisanship. I have never held partisan office. With 25 years as a judge, I have been an independent voice dedicated to upholding the Constitution. Being a Justice is about integrity, independence, and your rights. With special interests spending big money to elect activist politicians to our court, we must retain strong, independent voices on the State Supreme Court. See for endorsements and more information.

Questionnaire: Received by King County Bar Association  
Official web site:  
Opponent: Stephen Johnson
Candidate ratings (click organization for details):

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluations
* Qualified
King County
Bar Association
Well Qualified Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Adequate Outstanding
Women Lawyers
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Centralia Chronicle (Primary)  
Everett Herald (General)  
Kitsap Sun (Primary)  
Longview Daily News (Primary)  
The Olympian (General)  
Seattle P-I (Primary)  
Seattle Times
(Primary and General)
Spokane Spokesman-Review (Primary)  
Tacoma News-Tribune
(Primary and General)
Tri-City Herald (General)  
Vancouver Columbian (Primary)  
Yakima Herald-Republic (General)  
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (General)  

Complete finance report, including:
  • campaign contributors (click link for contributor details)
  • direct independent expenditures (over $1,000)
Stephen Johnson
Campaign Contributors
10/30/2006 Contributors to
Stephen Johnson
Building Industry
Association of Washington
09/08/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
Committee for
Judicial Restraint
09/11/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
Constitutional Law PAC 09/15/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
Home Builders Ass'n
of Tri-Cities
09/15/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
It's Time for a Change 11/03/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
It's Time for a Change 11/03/2006 Opposing
Susan Owens
Justice for Washington 11/03/2006 Supporting
Stephen Johnson
Justice for Washington 10/31/2006 Opposing
Susan Owens
TOTAL Supporting Stephen Johnson or Opposing Susan Owens $845,247.41
Susan Owens
Campaign Contributors
10/30/2006 Contributors to
Susan Owens
Citizens to Uphold the
11/02/2006 Supporting
Susan Owens
Citizens to Uphold the
11/02/2006 Opposing
Stephen Johnson
SEIU Washington
Political Action Fund
10/27/2006 Supporting
Susan Owens
SEIU Washington
Political Action Fund
10/27/2006 Opposing
Stephen Johnson
TOTAL Supporting Susan Owens or Opposing Stephen Johnson $495,824.50, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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