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November 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Supreme Court justices headed to new terms

Two state Supreme Court justices won new terms Tuesday, while the other two up for election enjoyed big leads.

Two had no opposition. Justice Mary Yu, a former King County Superior Court judge appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May to a vacant seat, will fill out the two years remaining in the term of Justice James Johnson, who retired. Justice Mary Fairhurst, who has served on the court since 2003, heads to a third six-year term.

In the two contested races, weak candidates ran against Justices Debra Stephens and Charles Johnson.

Johnson, the associate chief justice, is apparently headed to a fifth six-year term with 74 percent of the votes counted Tuesday. He was opposed by Pierce County attorney Eddie Yoon, who raised no money.

Stephens, who joined the high court in 2008, is the likely winner in her bid for a second six-year term. She had 78 percent of the votes counted Tuesday.

Stephens wrote the majority opinion in the court’s 2012 school-funding decision known as the McCleary case. Her campaign website lists top bar ratings and many endorsements.

She was challenged by John (Zamboni) Scannell, a disbarred attorney.

Tonight’s vote count can be viewed here.

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