Letters to the Editor

Gonzalez for state Supreme Court

At least one of three state Supreme Court positions on the ballot, Justice Steven C. Gonzalez’s Position 8, will be decided in the primary, Aug. 7. He has one challenger.

It is misleading to call this election a “primary.” The candidate who wins the majority of votes in this judicial primary wins the election. It is critical that citizens be informed and vote in the primary. For non-partisan information about this and other judicial races statewide, visit www.votingforjudges.org.

Justice Steven C. Gonzalez was appointed by the governor to fill this position when another justice retired. Justice Gonzalez was appointed because he is superbly qualified. He graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law, served as a private attorney, Seattle city prosecutor, with the U.S. Department of Justice and for 10 years as a King County Superior Court judge. Among the 250 judges statewide to support Justice Gonzalez are at least 10 local Kitsap County judges, all of whom recognize Justice Gonzalez’s intellect, leadership and humanity.

While judges are often reluctant to publicly endorse judicial candidates for election, the Kitsap County District Court judges believe that we have an obligation to speak out about the qualifications of judicial candidates on the ballot. It is important that voters select the most qualified candidate to serve on the highest court of our state.

Please vote on Aug. 7 to retain Justice Steven C. Gonzalez for the state Supreme Court, Position 8.

(Editor’s note: According to Kitsap County Elections Manager Dolores Gilmore, when there are three or more candidates for a state Supreme Court position, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election.

(But when there are only two candidates for a state Supreme Court position, the top vote-getter in the primary advances to the general election, Gilmore said. While the individual might be considered by some to be the winner, he or she must still be on the general election ballot.

(Election rules are different for various judgeships.)

Judge James Riehl, Judge Jeffrey Jahns, Judge Stephen Holman, Judge Marilyn Paja
Kitsap County District Court



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