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Mary Fairhurst


Washington Supreme Court

Position Three

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Mary Fairhurst

Current Occupation/Employer: Supreme Court Justice

Education: Law degree with high honors in 1984; BA with honors in Political Science in 1979, both from Gonzaga University.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Supreme Court Justice, 6 years; Washington Attorney Generalís Office, 16 years, specializing in revenue, transportation, criminal justice and personnel; Supreme Court judicial clerk, 2 years. Admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1984.

Family: Oldest of 7, Aunt of 13, Godmother of many.

Significant Career Experience: Judicial Information System Committee, Chair; Board for Judicial Administration Public Trust and Confidence Committee, Chair; Council on Public Legal Education, member; Washington State Bar Association, President and Board of Governors; Washington Women Lawyers, President.

Candidate Statement: Since you elected me to our Supreme Court six years ago, I have worked to improve our justice system, to make our courts efficient and responsive, to ensure access to justice for all, and to protect the rights of every person in Washington State.

I was raised in a loving family which placed great value on fairness, service and the dignity of every man, woman and child.

Every day I go to work aware that my decisions affect thousands of lives. Since joining the court I have decided over 600 cases. To every case I have brought an open mind, fairness, common sense and a commitment to uphold our Constitution.

We are a diverse people united by a common law and Constitution. As a Justice, I am obligated not to any group, but to respect the rule of law and uphold our Constitution. I am dedicated to ensuring that we have a legal system that treats people fairly, equally and protects the rights of everyone.

Endorsed by Washington State Troopers Association, Washington State Council of Firefighters, Washington Federation of Teachers, Washington State Labor Council, Washington Conservation Voters, Womenís Political Caucus, Justices, Judges, attorneys, community leaders, and people throughout Washington.

Official web site:  
Opponent: Michael Bond  
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For King County Democrats
For Municipal League of King County
Streaming video: For Position 3

Video Voters' Guide:

Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Very Good Outstanding
GLBT Bar Association of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Association of
Prosecuting Attorneys
Not Qualified Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers * Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Everett Herald  
Kitsap Sun  
The Olympian  
Seattle P-I  
Seattle Times  
Spokane Spokesman-Review  
The Stranger  
Tacoma News-Tribune  
Tri-City Herald  
Vancouver Columbian  
Yakima Herald-Republic  

Finance report:

(Click a dollar figure for detailed data from the Public Disclosure Commission. Note that summary numbers here might not match detailed data for various reasons.)

Michael Bond 08/13/2008 $33,139.12 $24,696.46
Mary Fairhurst 08/13/2008 $184,980.18 $160,946.98

Media stories:
    August 12, 2008
Seattle Times   Decision could be quick in state Supreme Court races
    August 10, 2008
The Olympian   Campaign trail for August 10
    August 4, 2008
The Olympian   It's still a race for 2 spots on top court
    August 3, 2008
Everett Herald   Unlike 2006, state Supreme Court primary gets little attention from interest groups
    July 27, 2008
Yakima Herald   [Opinion] After observing RI, electing judges seems like a sound idea
    July 22, 2008
Tri-City Herald   Attorney aims to unseat incumbent justice
    June 11, 2008
Seattle P-I   Court contenders vow fair fight
    June 3, 2008
The Olympian   Two state justices plan fair re-runs
    May 25, 2008
Tacoma News Tribune   Growing rancor a chilling effect on court races
    April 12, 2008
Columbia Basin Herald   State Supreme Court justice addresses Rotary
    April 7, 2008
Seattle Times   WA Justice Fairhurst seeks another high court term
The Olympian   Few step up to challenge seated justices
    March 30, 2008
Seattle Times   [Editorial] The highest court merits a deep field

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