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Charles (Charlie) Wiggins

A candidate for Justice Position 6, Supreme Court in the 2010 Washington Primary Election


Age: 72

City: Bainbridge Island, WA

Occupation: Supreme Court justice

Edcuation: Earned bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and law degree from Duke Law School.

Experience: Has served on state Supreme Court since 2010. Worked in private practice for more than 30 years. Served in U.S. Army.

Family: Married, two children

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On this race:

Legal/Judicial Experience: Former Court of Appeals judge; pro tem superior court judge in King County and Jefferson County; 33 years experience representing diverse clients in every type of case in all appellate courts in Washington;

Other Professional Experience: Past chair of Disciplinary Board and Court Rules Committee; past president of Washington Chapter of American Judicature Society

Education: BA Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 1969; MBA, University of Hawaii, 1972; JD, Duke Law School, 1976

Community Service: Army veteran, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church Board of Elders and youth leader for 7 trips building homes, organized Kitsap County lawyers and built two Habitat for Humanity homes for single mothers.

Statement: Join 60 judges, 30  elected prosecutors-Republicans and Democrats-Sheriffs and police statewide, State Labor Council, Washington Conservation Voters, women's groups, LGBT leaders and others supporting Charlie Wiggins: a respected Kitsap County attorney, former Appeals Court Judge, Army veteran and champion of judicial ethics. 

Charlie has worked to protect our courts from ideological special interests by limiting campaign contributions, supporting public financing of judicial elections and judicial ethics rules. The incumbent opposes these reforms. The incumbent was admonished by the Judicial Conduct Commission for interviewing sexually violent predators who had cases before him. Compare candidates at

Rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by King County, Tacoma-Pierce County, Loren Miller, and Latina Bar Associations, Charlie's achievements include: 2010 Kitsap Bar Humanitarian Award; 2008 WSBA Young Lawyers Professionalism Award; UGM Legal Clinic Volunteer of the Year; Law & Politics Super Lawyer; Best Lawyers in America.

Charlie is father of two, Habitat for Humanity volunteer and active in his church and community. Charlie will bring the perspectives of people from all walks of life to the Court. Charlie has the integrity and impartiality we need on our Supreme Court.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Richard B. Sanders () 511,581 47.16 %
Charlie Wiggins () 438,177 40.39 %
Bryan Chushcoff () 135,110 12.45 %

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