Eye On Olympia

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, 5:37 P.M.

Fairhurst runs for another term on the high court…

State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst, a Gonzaga Law grad, is running for a second six-year term.

"For me, it's not about ideology," she said in a campaign announcement. "It's about making common sense decisions within the letter of the law."

The conservative Building Industry Association of Washington has said it's likely to put its political clout -- and dollars -- behind a court candidate this year, most likely a challenger for Fairhurst's seat. BIAW says its main issues on the court are open government records and defense of property rights.

The Olympian's Brad Shannon says that Seattle business attorney Michael J. Bond looks like a possible Fairhurst opponent.

Like Gov. Chris Gregoire, Fairhurst is launching a multi-city tour this week, speaking to community groups and meeting supporters in Spokane and rolling through Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula city of Union. (I'm waiting to hear back from the campaign re: dates and location specifics.) She says she plans three "formal kickoff events" in May in Spokane, Seattle and Olympia.

Fairhurst's campaign website is here.

Bond is a fellow Gonzaga Law grad and former Marine lawyer. He has a pretty folksy YouTube video here -- handheld signs, banjo music -- spelling out the many cases in which he's defended professionals and businesses against liability claims. And a blog here.

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