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Tuesday, November 12, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Judge Linda Tompkins has served on the Superior Court since her appointment in 1997. Her challenger, Ward Andrews, is a civil attorney.

Tompkins said she’s proud of her work presiding over the county’s alternative drug court. It taught her, she said, the value of innovative alternatives to jail. More recently, she ruled that the Spokane County Club was discriminating against women by restricting them from certain tee times. She served on the Spokane Regional Law and Justice council’s racial equity committee.

Andrews said he’d like to see the court continue to work on finding alternatives to incarceration for people with addiction issues and mental illness to save money and free up court time for civil cases.

Tompkins is endorsed by most other Superior Court judges, as well as city prosecutor Justin Bingham and assistant city public defender Francis Adewale.

Andrews has received a $250 contribution from the Spokane Police Guild and is endorsed by Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, Yakima County Prosecutor Joseph Brusic, Lincoln County Prosecutor Jeff Barkdull, Spokane criminal defense attorney Rob Cossey and a number of other lawyers and politicians.

Andrews did not seek a rating from the Spokane County Bar Association for the election, saying he’d prefer to let the voters decide how qualified he is. Tompkins was rated well-qualified.

Superior Court Judge, position 10, Spokane County

Candidate Votes Pct
Linda Tompkins 109,049 60.88%
Ward Andrews 70,071 39.12%

* 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.