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Thursday, November 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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About this race

Gonzaga Law Professor David DeWolf is part of a slate of candidates challenging incumbent Supreme Court justices. They argue that the current court is legislating from the bench and overstepped its bounds when it ordered the state Legislature to spend significantly more on K-12 education.

DeWolf has called for “much-needed restraint to a court that has become adversarial.”

But incumbent Mary Yu said the state constitution makes a strong statement in calling education funding the state’s “paramount duty.” Yu stresses the court has been patient with lawmakers, allowing them extra time to increase funding.

Yu contends that her experience as a trial court judge helps her understand ordinary people. She points to several awards, including Judge of the Year from the Washington State Bar Association.

State Supreme Court Justice, position 1, State of Washington

Candidate Votes Pct
Mary Yu 1,408,725 57.47%
David DeWolf 1,042,686 42.53%

* 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.