About this race
Longtime Judge Greg Sypolt will defend his seat against Tim Fennessy, a civil attorney who’s handled cases such as business law, medical malpractice and personal injury.
Sypolt was first appointed to the bench in 1996 and has run uncontested in every year since, except 2004. Before appointment, he worked in the Spokane County Public Defender’s office. Since 2014 he has handled initial criminal appearances and arraignments, though he expects to go back to handling trials in 2017 if re-elected.
He said his work to expand access to the court system for people with disabilities and people representing themselves in family law cases show his commitment to justice for everyone.
Fennessy unsuccessfully sought appointment to the court last fall. He’s had a diverse civil law practice at various Spokane firms for 30 years. He contends his experience in civil cases is needed on the court, and that judges should be elected by citizens, not appointed mid-term.
Sypolt has endorsements from every other judge on the Superior Court bench, as well as seven state Supreme Court justices, prosecutor Larry Haskell and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.
Fennessy has endorsements from a number of civil and criminal attorneys in Spokane, retired District Court Judge Sara Derr and some business leaders.
Both candidates were rated well-qualified by the Spokane County Bar Association.
Superior Court Judge, position 11, Spokane County
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.