City: Spokane, WA
Education: Graduated Sumner High School in Sumner, Washington, in 1978. Earned bachelor’s in political science from the University of Washington in 1983 and law degree from Gonzaga Law School in 1986.
Work experience: Clerked in Snohomish County Superior Court for several years out of law school before working in a private practice in Everet. Has worked as an attorney for Farmer’s Insurance for about 12 years.
Political experience: Unsuccessfully applied for appointment to the Spokane County Superior Court last fall when Judge Kathleen O’Connor retired.
Family: Married. Has seven children.
Early election results Tuesday night showed Judge Greg Sypolt, who’s been in office since 1996, losing to challenger Tim Fennessy, a civil attorney. Judge Linda Tompkins held on to her seat by a comfortable margin against challenger Ward Andrews.
In race for Spokane County judge, Linda Tompkins cites experience, challenger Ward Andrews points to obscure report
An attorney challenging an incumbent judge in the November election is highlighting an obscure 2015 report showing how often attorneys request different judges to hear their cases. Civil attorney Ward Andrews is vying for the position held by Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins. Since her appointment in 1997 voters have given her several terms on the bench, usually in unopposed elections.