This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
Two Washington Supreme Court races offer the most important decisions on the August primary ballot.
Not only will those contests produce two of the nine leaders of the third branch of government, the final decisions could be made Aug. 17. Under the curious rules that govern judicial elections in this state, a supreme court candidate who wins an outright majority in the primary is effectively elected immediately.
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, running for re-election in Position 5, drew no challenger this year and wins another term by default.
Because only two lawyers are running for Position 1, that race will be settled in August. The two are Stan Rumbaugh, a respected Tacoma attorney, and sitting Justice Jim Johnson.
Both candidates have the intellect and experience the job demands. Rumbaugh is not only a successful attorney, he has also contributed much to Pierce County in volunteer leadership roles – chairing, for example, the boards of Bates Technical College and the Tacoma Housing Authority.
If elected, Rumbaugh would likely lean more to the left than Johnson.
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