Primary Election: August 6, 2013

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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 2013 elections will be reported.

Our archives retain information from the 2006-2012 elections.


Most judicial elections take place in even-numbered years. There will be a few in 2013, however.

Court of Appeals: In Division I, Judge James Verellen was appointed last year, and he has to run to complete his 2-year unexpired term. He is running unopposed. In Division III, Judge George Fearing was appointed on May 20, 2013, and he has to run to complete his 3-year unexpired term. Judge Fearing is opposed by John Gary Metro for this position.

Superior Court: Most Superior Court elections will next be held in 2016, and there are no contested Superior Court elections this year. In Benton and Franklin Counties, Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. was appointed on April 19, 2013, and he has to run to complete his 3-year unexpired term. He is running unopposed. In Clark County, Judge Suzan Clark was appointed on May 6, 2013, and she has to run to complete her 3-year unexpired term. She is running unopposed. In King County, Judge Susan Amini was appointed on May 2, 2013, and she has to run to complete her 3-year unexpired term. She is running unopposed.

District Court: Most District Court elections will next be held in 2014, although there might be elections in some counties this year. Additional details will be available soon.

Municipal Court: Most elected Municipal Court judges will be up for election this year. Unless there are three or more candidates for a particular position, these elections will only appear on the November ballot. Among the courts on the ballot:

  • Bellingham: Judge Debra Lev is running unopposed.
  • Bremerton: Judge James Docter is running unopposed
  • Des Moines: Judge Veronica Galvan is being challenged by David Gehrke.
  • Edmonds: Judge Douglas Fair is running unopposed.
  • Everett: Judge Timothy Odell is running unopposed. Laura Van Slyck is running unopposed for Position 2.
  • Federal Way: Judges Rebecca Robertson and Dave Larson are running unopposed.
  • Kent: Judges Karli Jorgensen and Glenn Phillips are running unopposed.
  • Kirkland: Judge Michael Lambo is running unopposed.
  • Marysvile: Judges Fred Gillings and Lorrie Towers are running unopposed.
  • Olympia: Judge Scott Ahlf is running unopposed.
  • Puyallup: Judge Andrea Beall is running unopposed.
  • Renton: Judge Terry Jurado is running unopposed.
  • Spokane: Judges Tracy Staab, Mary Logan, and Michelle Szambalan are running unopposed.

We are adding more information as it becomes available. Once again this year, VotingforJudges is your most complete source for impartial judicial election information. Tell your friends and colleagues!


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