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Charles Johnson


Washington Supreme Court

Position Four

Charles JohnsonOCCUPATION/EMPLOYER: Associate Chief Justice, Washington State Supreme Court.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE: Justice Charles Johnson, the most senior member of the Washington State Supreme Court, has spent 18 years protecting individual rights, balancing the scales for those less privileged, and improving court efficiency. For 12 years he has taught the Washington State Constitution at Seattle University School of Law. Before joining the State Supreme Court, Justice Johnson worked 14 years as a lawyer helping people with every-day needs.

EDUCATION: Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 1976, University of Washington, B.A., 1974, Curtis High School, Tacoma.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Justice Charles Johnson has proven he understands and protects our rights and freedoms. For 18 years, his record shows his commitment to protecting privacy rights and holding government accountable, coupled with his courage and ability to decide the difficult issues the Court faces.

Evaluated by lawyers groups, Justice Johnson rates "exceptionally well qualified". His fairness, intellect, common sense and impartiality are reflected by groups supporting his re-election, including: Washington State Labor Council, Association of Washington Business, Joint Council of Firefighters, American Federation of Teachers, Washington Conservation Voters, Washington State Young Democrats, Mainstream Republicans of Washington, Joint Council of Teamsters, and Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound.

The American Bar Association Council on Racial and Ethnic Fairness has recognized Justice Johnson's efforts to improve justice for all persons. We need Supreme Court Justices like Justice Charles Johnson, with proven experience, intelligence, integrity, fairness and impartiality. Hard work and difficult challenges underscore his entire life. He worked as a laborer to pay for his education and understands the value of our time and money.

A lifetime Washington resident, Justice Johnson and his wife, Dana, live in Gig Harbor.

Opponents: Jim Beecher and Frank Vulliet  
Questionnaire response: For King County Bar Association
For King County Democrats
For Municipal League of King County
Streaming video: For Position 4

Video Voters' Guide:

Candidate ratings:

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

Important note! Each of these organizations uses its own standards and rating terms when evaluating candidates; please check their pages for further information. We do not have ratings for candidates with an asterisk (*), and the reasons vary. Some evaluations may still be in process, or we might not have received them yet; some candidates may not have been offered an opportunity to participate, or they may have declined to participate. Again, please check the organizations' pages for further details.


Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Kitsap Sun    
Seattle P-I    
Seattle Times    
Spokane Spokesman-Review    
The Stranger    
Tacoma News-Tribune    
Vancouver Columbian    

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.)

Charles Johnson 07/31/2008 $72,978.98 $65,802.78

Media stories:
    August 12, 2008
Seattle Tunes   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
    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 7, 2008
The Olympian   Few step up to challenge seated justices
    March 30, 2008
Seattle Times   [Editorial] The highest court merits a deep field
    March 17, 2008
The Olympian   WA Justice Charles Johnson seeks another high court term

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