General Election: November 3, 2020

An information resource for Washington voters



Carolyn Cliff


Island County Superior Court

Position 2

Carolyn Cliff

Legal/Judicial Experience
Running for elected office for the first time, after extensive judicial experience as a Judge Pro Tem for Island County Superior Court and for Island County District Court, as Superior Court Commissioner, and as Langley Municipal Judge.

Other Professional Experience
Almost 30 years in Island County as a successful civil litigation attorney, most while also serving in judicial positions.

Swarthmore College
, BA; University of Washington Law School, JD, with High Honors; Judicial College

Community Service
Trustee, Arise Charitable Trust (helping local women achieve their full potential); Trustee, community water board; past Trustee, Foundation of Senior Services of Island County

Experience is important. I have more judicial experience than any other candidate for Island County Superior Court. Perhaps that is why I also have endorsements from all three current Island County judges as I seek retiring Judge Vickie Churchill's seat. I've spent my career helping people solve their problems, winning complex cases in court but also settling disputes and avoiding expensive trials. Colleagues describe me as hard-working, fair, and a legal scholar, and I've used those qualities on behalf of my clients and in my courtroom. As a judicial officer, I've been tough but fair on criminal conduct, and I'll continue to support programs, such as Drug Court, that help offenders earn their way back into the community.

From adoption to probate and everything in between, many of us find ourselves in Superior Court, and it can be difficult. My husband is a retired Navy critical care nurse. We both see many vulnerable people who need us to be patient and compassionate, as well as experienced. These are trying times, and both of our Superior Court judges are retiring. I am proud to step forward to offer to serve the people of Island County. I ask for your vote.

Web Site:  
Opponent: Kathleen Petrick
 , Bremerton, WA 98311
Write to includes ratings and endorsements from numerous organizations. We provide this information so that voters will be better informed about the candidates. We do not rate or endorse any candidates; the ratings and endorsements of organizations included at this site reflect the views of those individual organizations and not necessarily the views of or its sponsors.