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State Supreme Court Justice, position 6

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Charles (Charlie) Wiggins 1,370,880 57.58%
David Larson (N) 1,009,927 42.42%

* 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.

About The Race

Charles Wiggins is finishing his first term on the court and faces a municipal court judge from Federal Way.

Wiggins has been extremely active on the court and authored more than 100 opinions in his first five years. He said those opinions “protect our constitutional liberties, impartially uphold and interpret the law, and justly resolve cases.”

But his opponent, Dave Larsen, argues that the court has “lost public trust.” He is calling for “judicial restraint.”

Larson said beyond deciding cases, the Supreme Court should take the lead on larger criminal justice issues such as the impacts of mental illness, addiction and homelessness, and he praises efforts to do so in Spokane County.

The Candidates

Charles (Charlie) Wiggins

Party:
Age:
73
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

David Larson

Party:
No party
Age:
62
City:
Federal Way, Washington

Education: Earned bachelor’s in public administration at the University of Puget Sound in 1980. Earned law degree from Seattle University in 1984.

Professional experience: Presiding Judge of the Federal Way Municipal Court since 2008. Former president of the Federal Way School Board. Trial lawyer for 23 years. 

Political experience: Previously ran for state Supreme Court seat in 2016. 

Family: Married to Debby Larson. Two adult children and two grandchildren. 

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