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Swearing-in of Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud gives women majority on Wash. state Supreme Court

The Washington state Supreme Court has long had a high share of women serving, but women now hold a majority on the nine-member court and the chief-justice job together for the first time. Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud was sworn in this morning, making her the fifth woman on the court – including Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Justices Susan Owens, Mary Fairhurst and Debra Stephens.

Also sworn in today were Owens, re-elected in November, and Justice Steven Gonzalez , re-elected after his appointment last year by outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire. Departing the court is Justice Tom Chambers who is retiring.

TVW has the proceedings here.

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Two judicial campaign forums on tap this week

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

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