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KC Superior Court Judge to Run for Supreme Court

By Erica C. Barnett January 13, 2012

Former King County Superior Court presiding judge Bruce Hilyer, a 12-year veteran of the court, announced today that he will run for the state supreme court seat being vacated by Justice Tom Chambers, who is retiring after 12 years on the court. Hilyer's appearances before the King County Council to oppose criminal justice budget cuts have become near-annual events, as the county has seen its revenue fall short year after year.

In 2010, Hilyer was tapped as Judge of hte Year by the King County Bar Association, and has a long list of early endorsements from current and former elected officials, including Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterburg, and Seattle City Council members Tim Burgess and Sally Bagshaw.

Hilyer ran unsuccessfully for King County Executive in 1989 and 1993.

The other declared candidate in the Supreme Court race is former Democratic Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, who ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2008. Another potential candidate is former justice Richard Sanders, who lost to current judge Charlie Wiggins in 2010 but is still serving as a pro tem judge on dozens of cases he heard before he was booted from the court.
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