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Susan Owens


Washington Supreme Court

Position 2

Susan Owens

Legal/Judicial Experience: Susan Owens joined the Washington State Supreme court in 2000 after serving nineteen years as District Court Judge in Western Clallam County. She also served as the Quileute Tribe's Chief Judge for five years and Chief Judge of the Lower Elwha S'Klallam Tribe for six years.

Other Professional Experience: Justice Owens serves on the Rules Committee, the Bench-Bar-Press Committee, and the Board for Judicial Administration.

Education: Duke University (1971); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (J.D. 1975.)

Community Service: Justice Owens has offered decades of community service to our citizens and the issues she is passionate about. Please see for complete biography.

Statement: “I bring proven experience and an important perspective to the Supreme Court. I’m a longtime rural judge, mother and independent voice for common sense rulings that respect our rights, our privacy—and our Constitution.”

A judge for 31 years, Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens has served with integrity, independence and a strong commitment to your Constitutional rights. Prior to being elected to the Supreme Court in 2000, Justice Owens served on the Clallam County District Court for nearly two decades. Known for balanced, common sense rulings, she earned a national reputation teaching judges how to enforce tougher domestic violence laws.

One of the most productive Justices, authoring numerous important opinions on complex cases, Justice Owens has served with honor and the respect of her peers. Her plain interpretations of the law are rooted in common sense, free of bias, and seek to respect your rights and privacy.

Justice Owens has never held partisan office. A seasoned judge when she joined the court, she has earned the respect and endorsements of judges statewide, advocates for women, crime victims, working families and law enforcement. Justice Owens has earned high ratings and deserves your vote. Re-elect Justice Susan Owens.

Campaign web site:  
Opponents: Douglas McQuaid, Scott Stafne
Questionnaire responses: For King County Democrats

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Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian

Evaluation Committee
* * Not Qualified
Justice for Washington
Unqualified Qualified Unqualified
King County Bar Association Refused to
Well Qualified Not Qualified
Q-Law: The GLBT
Bar Association of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Seattle Metropolitan
Elections Committee
* Highly
Tacoma-Pierce County
Bar Association
* * Not Qualified
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
* * Not Qualified

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Kitsap Sun    
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The Stranger    
Tri-City Herald    
Tacoma News Tribune    
Yakima Herald-Republic    


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Susan Owens

Media stories:
    July 26, 2012
Seattle Times   Primary to determine one State Supreme Court race
Seattle P-I   Hilyer boosted over Sanders in judicial rating
    July 22, 2012
Seattle P-I   Challengers no-shows at Supreme Court forum, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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