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Tag: Richard Sanders


New endorsements for McKenna, Inslee, Drew, Sanders, et al

Endorsements are pouring in, and many candidates are sharing the word. A few of the recent ones:

  • Kathleen Drew announced Gov. Chris Gregoire endorsed her Democratic candidacy for secretary of state. Drew worked as a policy adviser to Gregoire for six years, including on the major agency-merger bill of 2011. In a news release, Gregoire said: “Kathleen’s experience in the Legislature and in the Governor’s office make her well suited to be Secretary of State. She has my support and my vote. … During that time she showed great leadership on a range of policy issues, including efforts to

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Richard Sanders announces run for state Supreme Court

Former Supreme Court justice Richard Sanders, a Vashon Island libertarian who was defeated for re-election in 2010 by Charlie Wiggins after 16 years on the court, had been signaling for a while that he was ready to make a political comeback.

He told me in January he was considering a run, and criticized the two Democrats in the nonpartisan race to succeed retiring Justice Tom Chambers, former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg and King County judge Bruce Hilyer. In February he stumped with Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. And last week he had supporters fill out a survey with the question:


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Supreme Court’s Chambers to retire; Bruce Hilyer joins Ladenburg in race

Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers will step down at the end of his term this year, opening the door for John Ladenburg and at least one rival.

King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hilyer announced today he would seek Chambers’s seat. He and Ladenburg have formed committees to raise campaign money, which they can legally begin Sunday.

A third potential candidate is considering running: former Justice Richard Sanders, who lost his seat in a squeaker in 2010.

Chambers, 68, said Thursday he would not run for a third term.

Hilyer auditioned for the job just vacated by retiring Justice Gerry Alexander,

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WA Supreme Court: Sanders clings to lead, Wiggins inches closer

In the still undecided Supreme Court race, Justice Richard Sanders has held on to his thin lead today, but Bainbridge Island attorney Charlie Wiggins chipped away at it ever so slightly.

The latest ballot counts as of 5 p.m. have Sanders up by nearly 10,600 votes statewide. He now leads 50.34 percent to Wiggins’ 49.66 percent (The day began with Sanders holding a 50.63 percent to 49.37 percent advantage in the race).

Results updated here don’t include numbers from several counties, including Yakima and Snohomish, among others. When they post, expect Sanders’ lead to widen.

So far, he’s

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WA Supreme Court: Sanders leading Wiggins in tight race

Incumbent Justice Richard Sanders is beating Bainbridge Island attorney Charlie Wiggins in the race for the Supreme Court’s Position 6 seat.

Here’s the latest report from the AP’s Gene Johnson:

State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders found himself with a slim lead over challenger Charlie Wiggins on Tuesday night in a bid for a fourth term, even as some voters expressed concern over controversial remarks Sanders made about why blacks are more likely to be convicted of crimes than whites.

Sanders had a lead of 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent with about half the vote counted.

The libertarian Sanders has come under fire recently for insisting at a court meeting that racial bias plays no significant role in the criminal justice system. He said certain minority groups are “disproportionally represented in prison because they have a crime problem.”

“I’ve been under brutal personal attacks,” Sanders said Tuesday. “There’s been an effort to demean me, to misrepresent my views. This is not the kind of campaign I wanted to run.”

Wiggins, a Bainbridge Island attorney who briefly served as a state appeals court judge, was leading in King County, the state’s most populous, while Sanders had big leads in Eastern Washington and more narrow leads in Snohomish and Pierce counties.

Sanders’ remarks caused The Seattle Times’ editorial board to recant its endorsement of him and instead come out in favor of Wiggins. Blacks make up 4 percent of the state’s population and nearly 20 percent of its prisoners, and studies around the country have linked such disproportionate numbers to drug enforcement policies, poverty and racial biases throughout society.
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Un-endorsed: Newspaper yanks nod to Sanders after remarks about black prison rates

The Seattle Times yesterday pulled the unusual move of un-endorsing a candidate — in this case, incumbent Justice Richard Sanders.

The move comes after Sanders and Justice Jim Johnson made comments about African American incarceration rates that offended fellow attendees of a recent court meeting.

The Times has now thrown its support behind Sanders’ challenger, Charlie Wiggins.

Here’s the Times’ unendorsement:

STATE Supreme Court justices Richard Sanders and James Johnson inflamed racial tensions with their remarks that African Americans are overrepresented in the state prison system because they commit more crimes.

How disappointing these two legal minds were unable to offer more thoughtful, nuanced views about racial disparities in the criminal-justice system.
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Supreme Court candidates Sanders and Wiggins on KBTC

KBTC, the public television station based in Tacoma, will host a pair of interviews with the two candidates for Supreme Court positiion 6 next week on Northwest Now.

The weekly public affairs program, Northwest Now will broadcast interviews with incumbent Justice Richard Sanders and challenger Charlie Wiggins focusing on judicial philosophy, ethics, public service and safety, as well as their records as judges. The program will be broadcast Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m.