Seattle Times endorses North, O’Donnell, Ramseyer, Berns and Parisien for King County Superior Court

Sunday, July 29, 2012

By Evan Smith

Our news partner, The Seattle Times, has endorsed Doug North, Sean O’Donnell, Judy Ramseyer, Elizabeth Berns and Sue Parisien for positions on the King County Superior Court.

The five are running for positions in which any candidate who gets a majority in the primary will win without running in the general election. If no one gets a majority, the top two vote getters run off in the Nov. 6 general election. Since three of the positions have only two candidates each, the primary is virtually certain to decide the winners of those contests.

Forty-eight other Superior Court positions have only one candidate each; so those candidates win without running in either the primary or the general election.

The Times endorsed incumbent Judge North for Position 30, one of the two-person contests. The Times noted that North's challenger, Redmond City Councilwoman Kimberly Allen, says North allowed verbal abuse in his courtroom. North says that had he done more to control the defendants, the convictions would have been reversed on appeal. The Times says that the problem was not with North, but with the law.

The Times endorsed O’Donnell for Position 29, another of the two-candidate positions. The Times noted that O'Donnell was one of the five prosecutors in the Gary Ridgway case. His opponent is attorney Hong Tran.

The Times endorsed Ramseyer for Position 46 in another two-person contest against Senior Deputy Prosecutor Gary Ernsdorff.

The Times endorsed Berns and Parisien for positions with three and four candidates.

Attorney and Pro-tem Judge Berns is in a three-way contest for Position 25 with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Roger Davidheiser and Appeals Court Commissioner Eric Schmidt. 
Senior trial attorney Parisien is in a four-way race for Position 42 with attorney David Resuma, trial attorney and Judge Pro-tem Marianne Jones and two-term incumbent Judge Christopher Washington. 
  • Read the full Seattle Times endorsement of Superior Court judges here.
  • See a summary of all current Times endorsements here.
Recently, we reported that the Times had endorsed incumbent 32nd District Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi and 46th District Democratic candidate Jesslyn Farrell. 
  • Read the Times endorsement of Kagi here.
  • Read the Times endorsement of Farrell here.


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