Two forums on judicial races are scheduled this week in Lakewood and Lacey. The first is tonight for Supreme Court candidates running for the court’s position 9. The event is co-sponsored by the Freedom Foundation and the Washington Coalition for Open Government, and it is expected to air on the TVW public affairs network on Friday.
Candidates Bruce Hillyer of Seattle, Sheryl Gordon McCloud of Seattle, Richard B. Sanders of Vashon and John Ladenburg of Tacoma are expected to attend, according to the foundation. Mike Bay, vice president for programming at TVW, said the footage should be on the web later on Wednesday and is scheduled to air on Channel 23 starting at 7 p.m. Friday – with additional air dates planned right up to the Aug. 7 primary.
The second event is at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Panorama retirement center in Lacey where the local Democratic and Republican clubs are jointly sponsoring a forum. This event is open to the public and is to take place in the Panorama Auditorium, 1670 Circle Loop S.E., in Lacey.
The Aug. 7 primary is often decisive in judicial races because special rules govern them. Any Supreme Court or Court of Appeals candidate getting more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary moves on to the Nov. 6 ballot unopposed, and Superior Court candidates getting more than 50 percent of the vote win outright.
So far, two of nine Supreme Court candidates running for three positions this year have agreed to attend the Lacey forum – Scott Stafne, running for position 2 against Justice Susan Owens, and Hillyer, for position 9. Ruth Shearer of the Panorama Democrats said five of six Court of Appeals candidates have agreed to appear – including Thomas Bjorgen, Pam Loginsky, Thomas Weaver Jr., Michael Lynch, and Brendan Williams. The court’s Division 2, District 2 position serves Thurston, Mason and other Olympic Peninsula counties.
Thurston County Superior Court candidates also have agreed to attend or send a representative – including position 2 candidates Victor Minjares, Jim Johnson, Christine Schaller and Marie Clarke and position 4 candidates Indu Thomas, Allen T. Miller and Erik Price. For details on the latter event, call Dale Vincent of the Panorama GOP at 360-438-5561.