Jefferson: Superior Court race already competitive

It appears there will be a contested race this fall for Jefferson County Superior Court judge.

Judge Craddock Verser, appointed in February by Gov. Gary Locke, confirmed Thursday he is interested in seeking election.

“I’m pretty sure I’m running,” he said.

Meanwhile, Port Townsend Attorney Karen Gates Hildt has formed a campaign committee for her election bid.

Verser and Gates Hildt were among five attorneys Locke considered to replace Judge Thomas J. Majhan, who died of cancer in January.

This was the final year of Majhan’s first term as superior court judge.

Gates Hildt filed paperwork last week with the state Public Disclosure Commission to officially start her campaign.

Verser has not filed any paperwork and said he was not aware Gates Hildt had filed.

Phone calls to Gates Hildt’s law firm and campaign office Thursday were not returned.

If no other candidates file, the winner of the Sept. 14 primary election likely will be named winner of the nonpartisan contest.

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