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Supreme Court, Position 3

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Raquel Montoya-Lewis (N) 2,057,623 58.45%
David Larson (N) 1,462,764 41.55%

* 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

Raquel Montoya-Lewis

No party
Bellingham, Washington

Education: Bachelor's degree in English from the University of New Mexico in 1992. Law degree from the University of Washington Law School in 1995. Master's degree in social work from the University of Washington in 1996. 

Work experience: Whatcom Superior Court Judge from 2014-2019. Associate professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Previously practiced law and served as chief justice of the the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, the Nooksack Indian Tribe, and the Lummi Nation. 

Political experience: Appointed to Washington Supreme Court in December 2019. Appointed to Whatcom County Superior Court in 2014. Was unopposed in 2015 and 2016 elections to the seat. 

Family: Married to Colin. Two teenage children. 

David Larson

No party
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. 

Complete Coverage

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. 

Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis defends seat against Federal Way Judge David Larson

Montoya-Lewis and Larson both said the work of a justice extends beyond just hearing arguments and penning opinions. Montoya-Lewis was appointed to her seat in December and Larson is making his second run for the Supreme Court. 

Washington Supreme Court justices tour domestic violence services in Spokane

The justices lauded the Family Justice Center, which combines investigators, prosecutors and victim advocates under one roof to assist the large number of Spokane County residents experiencing some type of domestic violence issue.

Washington’s highest court gets chief justice from Spokane, first Native American member

With ceremonial drumming and singing and a bit of poetry, the Washington Supreme Court swore in a “daughter of Spokane” as its new chief justice and its first Native American justice in history.

Raquel Montoya-Lewis named as first Native American to Washington Supreme Court

A Whatcom County Superior Court judge with extensive experience as a tribal judge to become first Native American on the Washington Supreme Court.