Judicial Candidate Evaluation Ratings

last updated 8/11/20

CONTESTED RACES

Supreme Court Position 3
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Raquel Montoya-Lewis
(incumbent)
Exceptionally Well Qualified justicemontoyalewis.com
David Larson Qualified larsonforwa.com
Supreme Court Position 6
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G. Helen Whitener
(incumbent)
Exceptionally Well Qualified judgehelenwhitener.com
Richard S. Serns Not Qualified No Campaign Website
King County Superior Court Position 13
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Hillary Madsen Qualified hillaryforjudge.com
Andrea Robertson Well Qualified andreaforjudge.com
King County Superior Court Position 30
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Doug North
(incumbent)
Exceptionally Well Qualified reelectjudgedougnorth.com
Carolyn Ladd Well Qualified carolynladdforjudge.com

More About KCBA Ratings

The King County Bar Association publishes ratings for any candidate who has filed election paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission or the King County Elections Department, provided we have issued a rating. KCBA is committed to releasing ratings in every contested judicial election that appears on the King County ballot, as well as for any candidate who requests a rating. Generally incumbent judges running unopposed do not seek ratings. Candidates with “rating pending” have not yet been rated.

KCBA plans to issue ratings for all candidates, including those who do not provide materials, by September 30 (general election ballots are mailed to voters in mid-October). Any candidate not in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association is automatically rated "not qualified." In addition, any candidate who does not respond to KCBA's request for information may also receive a “not qualified” or “refused to cooperate” rating.

For additional information on KCBA’s work with judicial candidate and officer evaluations, visit www.kcba.org/judicialresources. To learn more about all judicial candidates, please visit www.votingforjudges.org.

Working to improve the administration of justice is an important part of the King County Bar Association’s mission.

KCBA has evaluated and rated judicial performance since 1948 through surveys of current judicial officers, ratings for those seeking appointment or election to the bench, and monitoring of fair campaign practices and hosting of candidate forums.

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