Local candidate leads in Superior Court judge race

September 3, 2008

By Jim Feehan

Newcastle resident Julia Garratt is leading in her primary election race for an open seat on the King County Superior Court.

As of Aug. 26, Garratt had 90,781 (36 percent) of the vote for the Superior Court Position 22 race. Holly Hill had 82,634 (33 percent) and Rebeccah Graham had 77,265 (31 percent).

The top two candidates advance to the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Washington’s Secretary of State will certify the Aug. 19 primary election results Sept. 9.

Garratt, 54, has worked in the legal field for the past 29 years, as a prosecutor, public defender and parole board member. In 1994, former Gov. Mike Lowry appointed her to the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board, which oversees parole revocation hearings and makes administrative decisions.

Former Gov. Gary Locke and current Gov. Chris Gregoire have reappointed Garratt to the board.

Since 1998, she has worked two days a week as a King County Superior Court pro tem judge, presiding over Juvenile Court and Drug Court as well as mental health cases involving involuntary commitment.

In other primary election news affecting Newcastle, Mark Greene, of Newcastle, received 21,195 votes (2 percent) in his bid for Washington Secretary of State. Incumbent Sam Reed, a Republican, garnered 769,431 votes (59 percent). He’ll oppose Jason Osgood, a Democrat, in the general election. Osgood received 420,955 votes (33 percent).

In the 41st Legislative District, Fred Jarrett, a Democrat, was leading with 16,091 votes (59 percent) versus Bob Baker, a Republican, with 11,128 votes (41 percent). In the open House race, Marcie Maxwell, a Democrat, was leading with 14,063 votes (53 percent) versus Steve Litzow, a Republican with 12,491 votes (47 percent).
Judy Clibborn, a Democrat, is running unopposed in the other House race.

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