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Spokane County Superior Court Judge, position 10

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Michelle (Shelley) Szambelan 111,643 60.05%
Dennis (DC) Cronin 74,283 39.95%

* 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.

The Candidates

Michelle (Shelley) Szambelan


Political experience: Appointed Municipal Court judge in 2008 and ran unopposed for the Municipal Court position in 2009, 2013 and 2017. Served as assistant presiding judge from 2009 to 2014. In 2014 was promoted to presiding judge of the court. In February 2018, appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to Spokane County Superior Court.

Work experience: Worked as an associate attorney for Phillabaum, Ledlin, Matthews & Gaffney-Brown in Spokane, where she gained civil trial experience, then switched to the city prosecutor’s office, where she worked for nine years doing mostly appellate work.

Education: Earned a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in 1988. In 1991, earned her law degree from Gonzaga.

Family: Married. Has three children.

Dennis (DC) Cronin


Political experience: First run for office.

Work experience: Worked with famed civil rights attorney Carl Maxey out of college in 1987. In 2003, founded his own law firm, The Law Offices of D.C. Cronin, where he practices in all areas of the law.

Education: Graduated Holy Cross High School in Connecticut in 1978. Graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree. In 1985 earned a law degree from Gonzaga University.

Family: Married. Has two stepchildren, one grandchild.

Complete Coverage

Shelley Szambelan keeps seat on Spokane County Superior Court; Patrick Johnson elected District Court judge

Shelley Szambelan will remain a judge on the Spokane County Superior Court, having won nearly 60 percent of votes in her race against attorney Dennis Cronin, early ballot returns show. Patrick Johnson has beat Randy Brandt by a similar margin in a race to become a Spokane County District Court judge.

Spokane County Bar Association ranks Spokane County judge candidates

The Spokane County Bar Association has released its ratings for four candidates running for county judge positions.

Lisa Brown speaks at forum hosted by Coalition of Color; judicial candidates make their pitch

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County judge candidates meet questions from Spokane Bar Association

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Recently appointed Superior Court Judge Shelley Szambelan faces challenge from attorney Dennis Cronin

Dennis Cronin thinks there’s reason to worry about Spokane County Superior Court. And it all starts with the image it presents to the public. Like a castle up high, overlooking the city with jutting spires and an impressive, protruding tower, the attorney likens it all to a medieval stronghold – the judges the elite royalty, the attorneys perhaps like barons and baronesses, and everyone else: commoners, servants, and at the bottom, detainees.

Bloomsday 2018: Coverage of the race

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Inslee appoints Judge Shelley Szambelan to Spokane County Superior Court

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that he has selected Spokane Municipal Court Judge Michelle “Shelley” Szambelan to replace Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins, who recently announced her retirement.