Washington Supreme Court hopefuls at forum in Port Ludlow tonight

By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News

PORT LUDLOW — Seven of the nine candidates for state Supreme Court justice positions are scheduled to appear in person at a candidate forum today.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at the Port Ludlow Beach Club, 121 Marina View Drive.

Position 2 incumbent Susan Owens, a former Forks District Court 2 judge, has said she will not attend but will send a representative.

Bruce Danielson of Port Orchard, who is challenging incumbent Steve Gonzalez for the Position 8 seat, has said he will not attend.

Gonzales has confirmed he will attend, along with Douglas McQuaid and Scott Stafne, the two Seattle residents challenging Owens for the Position 2 seat.

Also confirming attendance are Bruce Hilyer, John Ladenburg and Sheryl Gordon McCloud, all of Seattle, as well as former state Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders of Olympia.

These four are running for the Position 9 seat being vacated by Justice Tom Chambers.

The Supreme Court position is a six-year term.

A justice candidate who receives more than half the vote — or 51 percent — in the Aug. 7 primary election will win the seat.

If no majority is reached, the seat will be decided in the Nov. 6 general election.

Ballots will be mailed Wednesday in the all-mail election and must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the county Auditor’s Office by 8 p.m. the day of the primary election.

The forum will be moderated by Anne Virtue of the American Association of University Women.

The forum is sponsored by the Jefferson County chapter of AAUW, the Port Townsend Leader and the Jefferson County League of Women Voters.

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Jefferson County Reporter Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at charlie.bermant@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: July 11. 2012 5:32PM
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