Mail-in ballots are being received by Washington voters for the Aug. 7 primary, which serves as a final election for state Supreme Court candidates. Position 9 is an open seat, and it is a seat that will determine the balance of a Supreme Court that is closely split between liberals and conservatives.
Bruce Hilyer and Sheryl McCloud are typical Seattle liberals. Richard Sanders as a former justice voted 95 percent of the time in favor of freeing criminals and sex offenders. The best choice for the Supreme Court is John Ladenburg, who was a solid Pierce County prosecutor and strong advocate for strong controls on sex offenders. He also has Spokane ties since he attended Gonzaga University as an undergrad and law student. John Ladenburg is a sensible choice for the Washington Supreme Court.