Judge Race: And Then There Were ThreeMay 27th, 2008 by josh farley
Greg Wall’s campaign slogan for superior court judge is succinct: “Trial Experience Counts!”
With the addition of Kingston attorney Jeanette Dalton, three lawyers have now announced their intentions to take Leonard Costello’s seat on Kitsap County’s superior court bench. Odds are that Dalton and fellow candidate Bruce Danielson would also agree with Wall’s (pictured) slogan — between the three, there are seven decades of judicial experience.
There are sizable differences between the candidates concerning their areas of experience, however.
Wall can point to his career in the civil arena — especially maritime law — in which he’s even argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dalton, meanwhile, has spent her career in the criminal arena, serving as a King County deputy prosecutor and more recently as a local defense attorney.
Danielson’s bar association profile lists mostly civil endeavors, but his campaign web site also mentions some criminal defense work.
As we near “filing week,” for candidates in this fall’s elections, the three are, as of now, looking at a three way race. The other seven judges on the bench have announced plans to run again, but so far no one has challenged them.
Let’s not forget that (outside the Washington State Supreme Court races) we’re going to have another judicial race to keep an eye on at the appeals level. That race sees Bainbridge-based attorney and incumbent Judge J. Robin Hunt against Tim Ford, a lawyer who works in the state attorney general’s office.
Washington has three divisions for appeals, which consist of three-judge panels. Kitsap is included in division no. 2.