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State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu sworn in

OLYMPIA – With people who inspired her standing at her side and some she hoped to inspire sitting in the audience, Mary Yu was sworn in Tuesday to a state Supreme Court seat she’s almost sure to hold for the next two years despite being on the ballot this fall. No one filed to run against her last week. Barring an unprecedented write-in campaign in November, Yu, who is Gov. Jay Inslee’s first appointment to the high court, will finish out the term of Justice Jim Johnson, who retired last month. She said she was “perplexed and surprised” by the lack of opposition, but attributed it more to the short time potential challengers had to plan a campaign than to her strengths as a candidate.

Inslee picks Mary Yu for Washington Supreme Court

OLYMPIA – In his first appointment to the state Supreme Court, Gov. Jay Inslee replaced the high court’s most conservative member with its first Asian-American, first Latina and first openly gay member. Inslee named King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu to the seat vacated by Justice Jim Johnson, who is stepping down in the middle of his term for health reasons. Yu, 56, will have to run to retain the seat in this year’s election.