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VotingforJudges is a nonpartisan, impartial source of information about judicial elections in the state of Washington. The site was established in 2006 to provide information to voters in connection with the appellate judicial contests that year, and it has expanded to cover all judicial elections throughout the state. All of Washington's 2020 contested judicial elections will be reported.


There will be judicial elections in 2020 for the Washington Supreme Court, Washington Court of Appeals, and all county Superior Courts.

Washington Supreme Court: Four out of nine incumbents are up for election this year. Justices Charles Johnson and Debra Stephens are running unopposed.

Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis is opposed by Dave Larson, and Justice G. Helen Whitener is opposed by Richard Serns.

Court of Appeals: There will be judicial elections in all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals this year. These will include most counties in the state. In Division 3, Marshall Casey and Tracy Staab are running for an open position. All other positions are uncontested.

Superior Court: There will be Superior Court elections in every county this year. Several positions are contested; most are not. See:

Clallam County | Island County | King County | Kitsap County
Lincoln County | Pierce  County | Skagit County
Snohomish County | Spokane County  |  Thurston County
 Walla Walla County  |  Whatcom CountyYakimaCounty

District Court: A few District Court judicial positions will be up for election this year; most will be on ballots in 2022.

Municipal Court: There might be some positions on the ballot, especially if there are vacancies that need to be filled or have been temporarily filled by interim appointments.

Campaign Finance: You can find a report of each candidate's contributions at Washington's Public Disclosure Commission website.

We are adding more information as it becomes available. Once again this year, VotingforJudges is your most complete source for impartial judicial election information. Check back here when you're completing your ballot, and tell your friends and colleagues!


The American Bar Association honored VotingforJudges with its 2007 Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts, in the "New Media" category, "recognizing outstanding efforts to foster public understanding of the law."

The Atlanta-based Foundation for Improvement of Justice presented one of its Paul H. Chapman Justice Awards for 2007 to VotingforJudges.

Paul Fjelstad, the retired Kitsap County attorney who created and provides ongoing updates to VotingforJudges, was honored with the 2007 King County Bar Association President's Award for his work. He also received a Washington State Bar Association Local Hero Award and a Kitsap County Bar Association President's Award, in part for his development of this site.

Numerous newspaper editorials have praised and recommended this site.

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