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Attorney General

About The Race

Because there are only two candidates, both will advance to the November election.

The Candidates

Bob Ferguson

Party:
Democratic
Age:
56
City:
Seattle, Washington
Occupation:
Lawyer

Education: Graduated from Bishop Blanchette High School in Seattle in 1983. Earned bachelor’s from the University of Washington and law degree from New York University.

Work experience: Law clerk for U.S. District Judge Frem Nielsen in Spokane and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals; attorney at Preston Gates Ellis.

Political experience: Elected King County Council 2003, re-elected 2007. Elected attorney general in 2012, re-elected 2016.

Family: Married to Colleen Ferguson. Has two children.

Campaign finances: Raised almost $4 million as of Sept. 29, 2020 with $4,000 maximum contributions from at least 43 individuals or groups, including the Spokane Firefighters Union, state Auto Dealers Political Action Committee, Building and Construction Trades PAC, state Medical PAC and Democratic Attorneys General Association.

Joshua B. Trumbull

Party:
Libertarian
Age:
39
City:
Arlington, WA

Education: Snohomish High School, 2000; Everett Community College, A.A. finance; University of Washington B.A.; Seattle Univerity, MBA; Gonzaga University, law degree.

Work experience: Worked in auto parts store during college, sold cars while in law school; teller at Wells Fargo; real estate investor; intern, Spokane County prosecutor’s office; full-time practice in Arlington since 2012.

Political background: First run for office.

Complete Coverage

Secretary of State Kim Wyman accused of campaign finance violations

Attorney General Bob Ferguson says that the campaign of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman has violated the state’s campaign finance laws by failing to file disclosure reports on time.

Spokane Valley could become a Second Amendment sanctuary city under councilman’s proposal

A city councilman wants Spokane Valley to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city and symbolically proclaim the city’s support for its citizens’ right to keep and bear arms.

AG Ferguson has experience edge

Bob Ferguson came into office promising to be a staunch protector of consumers, and he has taken on some powerful entities. He has also followed through on his vow to advocate for open government.

Libertarian hopes to wrest Washington AG’s office from Democrats

Democrat incumbent Bob Ferguson is running for a second term against Joshua Trumbull, an Arlington attorney and Libertarian.

Attorney general won’t file charges in police shooting case

The state on Thursday closed its investigation into the shooting death of a Mexican national by Pasco police, and concluded that no charges would be filed against the three officers involved.

Attorney general calls for ban of assault weapons

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is seeking legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, saying such weapons are designed for killing people and have no place in civilian use.

Man pleads guilty to murder in death of girlfriend along I-90

Manuel Argomaniz Camargo pleads guilty to grisly murder on Interstate 90

Washington attorney general’s office opposes Vancouver oil terminal

The Washington Attorney General’s Office has come out against a crude oil terminal being proposed in Vancouver.

VW to pay Washington $26 million for deceptive marketing of cars

VW to pay Washington, other states for deceptive marketing of “clean diesel” vehicles.

Supreme Court rejects Washington pharmacists’ appeal of Plan B rule

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is allowing Washington state to require pharmacies to dispense Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, rejecting an appeal from pharmacists who said they have religious objections to providing the drugs. The justices’ order on Tuesday leaves in place rules first adopted in 2007 following reports that some women had been denied access to emergency contraceptives that are effective when taken within a few days of unprotected sex. Pharmacies must fill lawful prescriptions, but individual pharmacists with moral objections can refer patients to another pharmacist at the same store.

Washington, California sue over pelvic mesh implants

Washington state is suing Johnson & Johnson, saying that for more than a decade the company misrepresented the risks of vaginal mesh implants it sold.

GMO food labeling case ruling sought by attorney general

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking a judge to find that an Iowa-based group violated state campaign disclosure laws as it backed a 2013 food labeling initiative.

Editorial: Bet on bill to steer veterans to legal help

Legislation would create clearing house for attorney referrals, provide training.

Editorial: AG report should end attacks on legal research, services

The baseless allegations against Planned Parenthood have done considerable damage to clinics and important research into diseases. They need to stop.

Planned Parenthood in Washington doesn’t sell fetal tissue, state investigation says

Allegations that Planned Parenthood might be selling fetal tissue or performing illegal “partial birth” abortions aren’t true, Attorney General Bob Ferguson tells legislators.

Planned Parenthood doesn’t sell fetal tissue, Washington attorney general says

Allegations that Planned Parenthood might be selling fetal tissue or performing illegal “partial birth” abortions aren’t true, Attorney General Bob Ferguson tells legislators.

Editorial: Supreme Court should quickly take up case on legality of I-1366

A legal challenge to the budget-smashing Initiative 1366 should be pursued as soon as possible.

State attorney general asks high court to reconsider charter school ruling

Attorney General Bob Ferguson asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to reconsider its ruling that Washington’s new charter school law is unconstitutional. “Regardless of one’s feelings about charter schools, the Court’s reasoning in striking them down raises serious concerns about other important educational programs,” Ferguson said in a news release.

Inslee open to special session if schools plan emerges

OLYMPIA – A fourth special session of the Washington Legislature could be called for mid-November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools and their financing. Gov. Jay Inslee said he’d be willing to call one starting Nov. 19, when legislators will be in Olympia anyway for “committee days” in advance of the 2016 regular session.

Special session possible on school issues

OLYMPIA — The Legislature could hold a special session starting in mid November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools. But Gov. Jay Inslee said he’ll only call one if a group of legislators can reach consensus on a possible fix and doesn’t want it to take up questions over charter schools.