Most Thurston County residents have already mailed in their ballots for tomorrow’s primary election. The Olympian has endorsed candidates in only the Thurston County Superior Court races. Here is a recap of our selections.
In judicial races, as in all other elected offices, the top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the Nov. 7 general election, with one exception. If one of the judicial candidates gets more than 50 percent of the votes they are either elected outright or advance alone to the fall ballot.
Superior Court, Position 2 – Marie Clarke and Christine Schaller are the best-qualified candidates in this four-person field. Clarke’s experience in complex criminal cases and her fast rise to the torts division of the Attorney General’s Office, sets her apart. Schaller’s experience on the bench as a Family Court commissioner for seven years distinguishes her from the field.
Superior Court, Position 4 – Indu Thomas and Erik Price deserve to advance to the general election. Thomas has experience in all branches of government, including five years as a Family Court commissioner. Price has 20 years of successful private practice. That makes him a suitable replacement for the retiring Judge Thomas McPhee, who also came to the court from private practice.