As Primary election ballots are set to be mailed next week for the August 7th election, I wanted to share our recommendations with you on the Supreme Court races and three other very important races for consumers and citizens.
Election statistics show that about twenty percent of voters skip the judicial races on their ballots. We know it is critical to have the right men and women leading our judicial system. We want to share with you the candidates we support and some reasons why.
There are three Supreme Court races on your ballot:
In the first, for Position 2, we recommend voting for the incumbent Justice Susan Owens. Owens has served on the high court for twelve years ably, while her opponents have no judicial experience.
For Position 8, we recommend voting for Justice Steve Gonzalez. Gonzalez, a former Assistant US Attorney, King County Prosecutor, and King County Superior Court Judge, was appointed to the bench last year. Ha has an outstanding record, throughout his legal career, of commitment to justice issues. In contrast, his opponent was rated ‘Not Qualified’, by his local colleagues in the bar association, in his races for lesser judicial offices.
For Position 9, we recommend that you vote for John Ladenburg.
For the Court of Appeals, Division II, Position 2, please vote for Brendan Williams who is the son of Wayne Williams and has an exemplary record of public service as a Supreme Court Clerk, State Representative and Deputy Insurance Commissioner. Brendan has been a strong advocate for the rights of injured workers.
If you live in Thurston County we urge you to vote for Jim Johnson for Superior Court Position 2. Jim is a very good attorney and familiar with workers’ compensation law.
We would also like to make recommendations on three statewide offices of great importance to citizens and civil justice: Governor, Attorney General and Insurance Commissioner.
In the Governor’s race, Jay Inslee is the clear civil justice candidate. Prior to public office, Jay was an attorney representing victims in Yakima. He then began a long career of public service where he has diligently protected citizens’ constitutional and civil rights, and been a champion of worker and consumer protections. In contrast, his opponent Rob McKenna has fought to remove or reduce citizens’ ability to hold government accountable through the court system and favors insurance companies providing workers’ compensation benefits.
The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the State of Washington and its citizens, and 90% of the office’s job is representing the state in civil cases. We strongly recommend Bob Ferguson for this job. Bob is a lawyer and King County Councilman, who has committed his campaign to protecting public safety, going after fraudulent actors alike mortgage lenders and servicers, prosecuting polluters, and protecting taxpayers against fraud and abuse. Bob would be a champion for us all as Attorney General and deserves your vote.
Last but certainly not least, incumbent Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler must be re-elected. Commissioner Kreidler has been the number one champion in the state shaping our insurance system to try and make it work for consumers in every line of insurance. The Insurance Industry writes $30 billion worth of business every year in our state, and he uses his office to fight to make sure consumers are actually getting the coverage they pay for, fighting delay or denial of legitimate claims, and trying to reduce rates and create a fair system.
We hope you have found this information helpful. We are sharing our views with you because of our strong belief and commitment in our office that every client who walks in our door seeking a chance for justice through the court system depends on these public servants. Please, fell free to share this, if you think it’s helpful, with family and friends. Regardless of your views on these races, though, please make sure you vote on August 7th. We owe it to each other to participate and have our voice heard in our electoral process.
Please feel free to ask us. If you have further questions, or if you need more information, you can view the voters’ guide online at: https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/Pages/OnlineVotersGuide.aspx. If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration, you can do so, in seconds, online at: https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/MyVote/Pages/MyVote.aspx.
Thank you for your time, and for taking part in our democratic process,
A summary of our recommendations is:
Position No. 2 – Susan Owens
Position No. 8 – Steve Gonzalez
Position No. 9 – John Ladenburg
Court of Appeals Position No. 2 – Brendan Williams
Thurston County Superior Court – Jim Johnson
Governor – Jay Inslee
Attorney General – Bob Ferguson
Insurance Commissioner – Mike Kreidler