PORT ANGELES — Clallam County Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson was well on her way to re-election Wednesday in her contest with Lisa Dublin.
Erickson, 65, of Port Angeles was elected to the Superior Court bench in November 2019. She was appointed to the position in February 2019.
“I’m just humbled to be re-elected by the community, and I’m just sincerely grateful to the citizens of Clallam County,” Erickson said when reached by cell phone Wednesday.
Erickson said she was not declaring victory in the general election before a second count of ballots Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m going to wait to make sure it’s over before I make any comments, but it looks good,” Erickson said.
Dublin, 48, of Sequim — division chief administrative law judge for the state Office of Administrative Hearings at Tacoma — said early Wednesday she would not concede the race until more ballots were tabulated.
“I’m just looking forward to the final count,” Dublin said then.
“I do want to convey how thankful I am to everyone who supported me throughout the campaign. They were incredibly wonderful and know the quality of judging that I would bring to Clallam County Superior Court.”
As of Tuesday, Erickson was leading in 65 of 67 voting precincts in the countywide race.
All three Clallam County Superior Court judges were initially appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee before they were elected.
Superior Court judges preside over felony and civil proceedings, family, juvenile and drug courts and adjudicate appeals from lower and small claims courts.
The nonpartisan position pays $199,675 per year.
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