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Johnson Retains Court Seat

Wed., Nov. 6, 1996

Justice Charles W. Johnson, a surprise victor four years ago, had no trouble stopping a challenge from Seattle attorney Douglas J. Smith.

Johnson, of Gig Harbor, received endorsements from police and labor groups for representing on the court what he called the concerns of “the average person.”

Smith had hoped to pull the same feat Johnson had done last election, unseating a sitting judge by waging a focused, low-cost campaign.

His major campaign issue was a promise to simplify procedures in order to help move cases through the court system more quickly.

, DataTimes

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