Appeals court race shapes up

The race for appellate judge David Armstrong’s seat appears to have taken shape, with three lawyers vying to serve on the Tacoma-based court. 

Thomas “Tom” Weaver, longtime Bremerton defense attorney, had previously announced his candidacy. He’s now been joined by Pamela “Pam” Loginsky, a lawyer with the state’s prosecutor’s association, as well as Thomas Bjorgen, a veteran Olympia area attorney.

Sheryl G. McCloud, who’d previously pondered a run at the appellate seat, has now set her sights on the state’s supreme court.

We’ll have more about the three candidates as the race continues to develop. It’s still early, though both Loginsky and Weaver have raised $10,000 toward their respective campaigns.

Armstrong is a part of a seven-judge court, which hears appeals of any case out of superior courts in Mason, Kitsap, Jefferson, Pierce, Clallam and Grays Harbor counties. While the court conducts its business rather quietly (it issues written opinions) its rulings can have dramatic impacts

In other judicial elections news, both defense attorney William Houser and general practice attorney Jennifer Forbes have declared to the Public Disclosure Commission that they intend to run for a seat on Kitsap County Superior Court this fall. All eight judges on the court — including new appointees Kevin Hull and Steve Dixon — will stand for election. It is unknown thus far which seat Houser and Forbes will seek.

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