King County Bar Association ratings of judicial candidates on the primary ballot

Friday, July 20, 2012

Updated 7-21-2012 11:24pm

By Evan Smith


Here are the King County Bar Association ratings for candidates on the Aug. 7 primary-election ballot:

First for the three two-person King County Superior-Court contests that will be part of the candidates’ forum at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church Tuesday; in each of these contests, a candidate who gets a majority of the primary vote wins without running in the general election, meaning that the primary is virtually certain to decide the winner:

KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT Position No. 29
  • SEAN O'DONNELL -- WELL QUALIFIED
  • HONG TRAN – PREVIOUS RATING SUSPENDED PENDING RECONSIDERATION

 KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT Position No. 30
  • DOUG NORTH -- EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED
  • KIMBERLY ALLEN -- INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO
  • RATE

KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT Position No. 46
  • GARY ERNSDORFF -- WELL QUALIFIED
  • JUDY RAMSEYER -- WELL QUALIFIED

Next, two Superior-Court positions that will not be part of the Richmond Beach forum; if one candidate for either position gets a majority of the primary vote, he or she would win without running in the general election; if no candidate gets a majority in the primary, the top two vote getters would run off in November:

KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT Position No. 25
  • ELIZABETH BERNS -- NOT QUALIFIED
  • ROGER DAVIDHEISER -- EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED
  • ERIC SCHMIDT --- EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED

KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT Position No. 42
  • SUE PARISIEN – QUALIFIED
  • MARIANNE JONES – NOT QUALIFIED
  • DAVID RUZUMNA – QUALIFIED
  • CHRISTOPHER A. WASHINGTON  -- WELL QUALIFIED

Next, a State Supreme Court position with only two candidates. Here a candidate who gets a majority of the primary vote would appear unopposed on the November ballot:

WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT Position No. 8
  • BRUCE O. DANIELSON – REFUSED TO COOPERATE
  • STEVE GONZALEZ -- EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED

Next, a Supreme-Court position with three candidates; if one candidate gets a majority in the primary, he or she will appear unopposed on the November ballot: if no one gets a majority, the top two vote getters in the primary qualify for the general election:

WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT Position No. 2
  • DOUGLAS W. McQUAID -- REFUSED TO COOPERATE
  • SUSAN OWENS -- WELL QUALIFIED
  • SCOTT STAFNE -- NOT QUALIFIED

Finally, a Supreme-Court position with four candates; again, any candiate who gets a majority in the primary  runs unopposed on the November ballot; if no one gets a majorty, the top two vote getters in the primary meet in the genetal election:

STATE SUPREME COURT, Position No. 9
  • BRUCE HILYER -- EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED
  • SHERYL GORDON McCLOUD -- EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED
  • RICHARD B. SANDERS -- WELL QUALIFIED
  • JOHN W. LADENBURG -- EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED

1 comments:

Janet Way July 21, 2012 at 6:20 AM  

These KC Bar ratings are extremely confusing.

It is shocking to see Elizabeth Berns rating as "not qualified?" She is rated "Outstanding" by the Muni League. She has many endorsements.

Also, Doug North's rating is questionable since he has been reported MIA much of the time.

These rating organizations are all kind of confusing. I would like to see a more reliable system.

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