|Tracy Arlene Staab (N)
|Marshall Casey (N)
* 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.
- No party
- Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated with a bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies from Western Washington University in 1990. Earned law degree from University of Puget Sound in 1993. Political experience: Appointed as a Spokane Municipal Court Judge by Mayor Mary Verner in 2009. Won elections to the bench in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
Work experience: Worked for a civil law firm in Seattle before moving to Ellensburg in 1995 and starting her own private practice as the contract prosecutor for the city. In 1999, moved to Spokane and worked four years as a law clerk at the Court of Appeals. Began working as an appellate attorney for the city public defender’s office in 2003, and in 2005, began working as the appellate attorney for the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington until her appointment to the bench.
Family: Married to Scott Staab. Has one daughter.
Fundraising: Raised more than $72,000 in cash and in-kind contributions as of Wednesday, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. Staab is the largest contributor to her own campaign, with $49,000 of her own cash invested in the race. Other major contributors include several local law offices, including the Law Office of Thomas Jarrard, the Kuhlman Law Office and Phelps and Associates. Staab also has received contributions from the Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific Northwest.
- No party
- Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1994. Took a year to teach on the Marshal Islands. Graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in economics in 2000. Earned his law degree from the University of Louisville in 2009.
Work experience: Originally worked in the banking field after college. Admitted to the Washington Bar in 2010 and worked at law firm with his father and brother after obtaining his legal degree until 2013, when he started his own law firm. Recently joined the firm of Jim Sweetser.
Political experience: First run for office.
Family: Married to Michelle Casey. Has three children.
Fundraising: Raised nearly $65,000 in cash and in-kind contributions as of Wednesday, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. Casey is the largest contributor to his own campaign, with donations totaling $28,000 in cash. Other contributors include fellow attorney Jim Sweetser, including a $2,000 cash contribution from a real estate company Sweetser owns. Casey also received $2,000 from the political arm of the Washington State Association of Justice, a Seattle-based organization that says its supports civil justice candidates.
Whitener and Montoya-Lewis easily retain their Washington Supreme Court seats; Staab wins appeals court race
Spokane County voters cast ballots in three contested judicial races in this election. One is for a seat on the state’s Court of Appeals, and two are for seats on the Washington Supreme Court.
Both candidates tout their appellate experience as a reason to succeed retiring Judge Kevin Korsmo. Staab says she’s received stellar marks in independent reviews by state bar associations, while Casey argues he’s been closer to clients and that will serve him well on the panel.
“This is the place where errors get corrected,” Korsmo said of the appeals court.
Korsmo, who has served on the court since 2008, plans to retire at the end of the year. Spokane Municipal Judge Tracy Staab and local attorney Marshall Casey are running to replace him.
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Shortly after the Washington state House released a report concluding Rep. Matt Shea has engaged in domestic terrorism, the Spokane Valley lawmaker was quietly laid off from the law firm where he had worked since 2013.