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2016 KCBA Judicial Candidate Forums
KCBA hosted candidate forums in September, in which all judicial candidates in contested elections were invited to participate. The events focused on issues of interest to the legal community, and were open to the public for in person attendance at the KCBA office or online simulcast via our website. Videos of the forums are now available for viewing here. The original event flyer is available here.

Monday, September 19, 2016
12:00-1:30pm
King County Superior Court Positions 14, 26, and 31

Monday, September 26, 2016
12:00-1:30pm
Washington State Supreme Court Positions 1, 5, and 6

Monday, September 19, 2016
4:00-5:30pm
King County Superior Court Positions 44, 52, and 53

Friday, September 30, 2016
12:00-1:00pm
King County District Court Position 3


2016 KCBA Judicial Candidate Evaluation Ratings
last updated 10/3/16

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 supplied all reference materials to KCBA -- though materials were requested from all candidates on June 1. KCBA plans to issue ratings for all candidates, including those who do not provide materials, by September 30. King County ballots are mailed on October 19. Those who do not respond may 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/judicial/ratings/ratings.aspx. To learn more about all judicial candidates, please visit www.votingforjudges.org.

 

CONTESTED RACES
Supreme Court Position 1
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
David DeWolf Well Qualified www.dewolfforjustice.org
Mary Yu (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified www.justicemaryyu.com

Supreme Court Position 5
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Barbara Madsen (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified www.chiefjusticemadsen.org
Greg Zempel Well Qualified www.zempelforjustice.org

Supreme Court Position 6
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
David A. Larson Well Qualified www.larsonforjustice.org
Charles K. Wiggins (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified www.justicecharliewiggins.com

Superior Court Position 14
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Nicole Gaines-Phelps Qualified www.electnicolegainesphelps.com
David Greenspan Not Qualified www.greenspanforjudge.com

Superior Court Position 26
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
David Keenan Well Qualified www.keenanforjudge.com
John H. O'Rourke Qualified www.johnorourkeforjudge.com

Superior Court Position 31
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Helen Halpert (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified www.retainjudgehelenhalpert.com
Marc S. Stern Qualified www.sternforjudge.com

Superior Court Position 44
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Catherine Moore Qualified www.cathymooreforjudge.com
Eric Newman Exceptionally Well Qualified www.electnewmanjudge.com

Superior Court Position 52
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Anthony Gipe Well Qualified www.gipeforjudge.com
Kristin V. Richardson Exceptionally Well Qualified www.richardsonforjudge.com

Superior Court Position 53
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Thomas Cline Not Qualified www.clineforjudge.com/
Mariane Spearman (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified www.retainjudgespearman.com

District Court Position 3
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Laurel Gibson (incumbent) Well Qualified www.retainjudgegibson.com/
Brian J. Todd Well Qualified www.facebook.com/BrianJTodd4DistrictCourt


UNCONTESTED RACES
Superior Court Position 7
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Janet Helson (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified N/A

Superior Court Position 8
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
John Ruhl (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified N/A

Superior Court Position 21
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Veronica Alicea-Galvan (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified N/A

Superior Court Position 28
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Johanna Bender (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified N/A

Superior Court Position 29
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Sean O'Donnell (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified N/A

Superior Court Position 33
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Steven G. Rosen Well Qualified www.electjudgerosen.com

Superior Court Position 41
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Matthew Williams Well Qualified N/A

Superior Court Position 43
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
John McHale Exceptionally Well Qualified www.mchaleforjudge.com

Superior Court Position 46
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Judy Ramseyer (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified N/A

District Court Position 1
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Lisa Paglisotti (incumbent) Exceptionally Well Qualified N/A

District Court Position 4
CANDIDATE KCBA RATING WEBSITE
Gregg Hirakawa (incumbent) Qualified N/A


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