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Chief Justice Barbara Madsen faces Greg Zempel, a county prosecutor, in her re-election bid.

Zempel said the court has become too political and criticizes a felony-murder ruling from the court that overturned hundreds of convictions. Zempel also disagrees with the court’s charter school ruling that charter schools are not eligible for funds set aside for “common schools,” which must be overseen by elected boards. Madsen said the charter school ruling reflects the progressive era when the state constitution was written.

Madsen said she’s a compassionate and honest voice with significant experience as a judge. While working for the Seattle City Attorney’s office, she developed the city’s Family Violence Project child abuse unit.

State Supreme Court Justice, position 5, State of Washington

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Candidate Votes Pct
Barbara Madsen 1,503,590 62.21%
Greg Zempel 913,179 37.79%

* 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.