General Election: November 8, 2016

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Washington Supreme Court

Supreme Court justices are elected to six-year terms by voters throughout the entire state. There are nine Supreme Court justices, and Washington residents will vote for three in 2016.

Supreme Court candidates only appear on the primary election ballot if there are three or more candidates for a position.

Position 1: Mary Yu is the incumbent. She is being challenged by David DeWolf. This election will appear on the November ballot.

Position 5: Barbara Madsen is the incumbent. She is being challenged by Greg Zempel. This election will appear on the November ballot.

Position 6: Charlie Wiggins is the incumbent. He is being challenged by Dave Larson. This election will appear on the November ballot.


Court of Appeals

Division One, District One

(King County)

District One elects eight judges; Position 1 will be on the 2016 ballot.

Judge Michael Trickey is the Position 1 incumbent. He is running without opposition.


Superior Court

Superior Court judges are elected to four-year terms. Most Superior Court positions throughout Washington are up for election in 2016.

If only one candidate runs for a Superior Court position in a county with a population of more than 100,000, that candidate receives a Certificate of Election, and the position will not appear on either the primary or the general election ballot. If there are three or more candidates for a position, the office will appear on the August 2 primary ballot. In a two candidate race, there will only be a vote on the position in November.

The following positions will be on the November ballot.

Position 14 Nicole Gaines Phelps | David Greenspan
Position 26 David Keenan | John O'Rourke
Position 31 Helen Halpert | Marc Stern
Position 44 Cathy Moore | Eric Newman
Position 52 Anthony Gipe | Kristin Richardson
Position 53 Mariane Spearman | Thomas Cline

The following incumbents are running unopposed. They will receive Certificates of Election and will not appear on either the primary ballot or the November ballot.

Position 1 Tim Bradshaw
Position 2 Cheryl Carey
Position 3 Julie Spector
Position 4 Mary Roberts
Position 5 Lori Kay Smith
Position 6 Barbara Linde
Position 7 Janet Helson
Position 8 John Ruhl
Position 9 Jeffrey Ramsdell
Position 10 Regina Cahan
Position 11 Catherine Shaffer
Position 12 Dean Lum
Position 13 Theresa Doyle
Position 15 Samuel Chung
Position 16 John Chun
Position 17 Wesley Saint Clair
Position 18 Susan Craighead
Position 19 Bill Bowman
Position 20 Susan Amini
Position 21 Veronica Galvan
Position 22 Holly Hill
Position 23 Andrea Darvas
Position 24 Patrick Oishi
Position 25 Elizabeth Berns
Position 27 Tanya Thorp
Position 28 Johanna Bender
Position 29 Sean O'Donnell
Position 30 Doug North
Position 32 LeRoy McCullough
Position 33 Steve Rosen
Position 34 Chad Allred
Position 35 Beth Andrus
Position 36 Jean Rietschel
Position 37 Barbara Mack
Position 38 Richard McDermott
Position 39 Julia Garrett
Position 40 Ken Schubert
Position 41 Matt Williams
Position 42 Sue Parisien
Position 43 John McHale
Position 45 Jim Rogers
Position 46 Judy Ramseyer
Position 47 Roger Rogoff
Position 48 Laura Inveen
Position 49 Monica Benton
Position 50 James Cayce
Position 51 John Erlick


District Court

District Court judges are elected to four-year terms; most were elected in 2014, and their terms extend through the end of 2018. Three judges were recently appointed to the King County District Court, however, and they will all have to stand for election in November. Only one of them has a challenger.

For information about electoral districts, see this map.


Southwest Electoral District
Position 3: Laurel Gibson | Brian Todd
West Electoral District
Position 1: Lisa Paglisotti
Position 4: Gregg Hirakawa


Seattle Municipal Court

Most Seattle Municipal Court positions will be up for election in 2018., P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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