General Election: November 3, 2020

An information resource for Washington voters



Raquel Montoya-Lewis


Washington Supreme Court

Position Three

Raquel Montoya-LewisLegal/Judicial Experience
State Supreme Court Justice with 20 years judicial experience: Whatcom County Superior Court, 2015-2020; Former Chief Judge for the Lummi Nation, Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian tribes.

Other Professional Experience
Former Professor at Western Washington University; Nationally recognized educator, trained hundreds of judges.

BA, University of New Mexico; JD, UW Law School, MSW, UW School of Social Work

Community Service
Justice Montoya-Lewis served on the Washington State Advisory Group & the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, Family Violence Advisory Board for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and co-chaired the Whatcom County Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Task Force.

I am proud to serve you on our highest court, where I bring diverse judicial experience and a reputation for fairness and common sense--making sure laws are applied without bias or political influence. I have presided over therapeutic drug courts, developed innovative programs for children and families, and managed hundreds of trials, including felony criminal trials and complex civil litigation. I’m committed to ensuring victims are heard and supported.

As Washington’s first Native American Justice, I’m proud of my record of accomplishments and appreciate my role as a voice for underrepresented communities. I’ve worked hard to earn the respect of my peers, those who appear in my courtroom, and voters looking for qualified, impartial, independent judges.

An award winning advocate for children and youth, I’ve worked to restore young lives rather than create a cycle of incarceration. We must invest in early intervention to deter criminal behavior, providing pathways for success for those who do commit crimes.

My thoughtful approach is reflected by “exceptionally well qualified” evaluations. I’m endorsed by my Supreme Court colleagues, judges statewide, as well as the State Labor Council, Washington Conservation Voters, the National Women’s Political Caucus-WA, Women of Color in Politics, and more.

Web site:  
Opponent: Dave Larson
Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Law Society * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian Judicial
Evaluation Committee
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
The LGBT Bar Association
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers * Exceptionally
Well Qualified

* No rating available (yet).


Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Everett Herald  
Seattle Times  
The Stranger  
Tacoma News Tribune  
Tri-Cities Herald  
Yakima Herald-Republic  

 , P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
Write to

As the election approaches, will include 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.