Judging The Judges in the WA Primary Election

Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Wiggins is a co-founder of the website. He says all too often, people skip the judicial races on their ballots because they don’t know much about the candidates. But in an era when “big money” often dictates election outcomes, he worries that individuals are losing their clout in the court system.

“If voters opt out of the system – and say, ‘Oh, I don’t know enough, so I’m not going to vote’ – you’re magnifying the effect of these other organizations, these special interest groups. So, it’s really important that voters are conscientious, and that they do some investigation of these things.”

Wiggins, who is not up for reelection this year, calls the flood of money poured into judicial campaigns “a terrible development.” He says all the information on the website is publicly available – the goal was to organize it and make it accessible in a single place.

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Chris Thomas