GSBA has several members on the ballot this year. GSBA does not endorse candidates for elected office, but we are pleased to offer them a chance to speak to their fellow members.
Dear Friends at the Greater Seattle Business Association,
Thank you for your support over the years. Because of your hard work in helping to make our community visible, I am proud to be the first member of the LGBTQ community and the first woman of color (Asian and Latina) to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court.
This year, I am in a contested race to retain my position on the Court. My race has attracted an opponent who is a retired law professor and a fellow at the Discovery Institute. He has never served as a judge and while he has made positive contributions to the law in the academic community, he has also filed legal briefs and gone on record opposing same sex marriage, and supports the teaching of creationism in our public schools.
Judicial elections matter and each of you need to make sure that you not only vote in judicial elections but that you are an informed voter when it comes to deciding who should sit on our state's highest court.
I believe I remain the most qualified individual for the position. I have the experience and an unwavering commitment to decide cases with an open mind and with intellectual integrity under the law.
I joined our Supreme Court in 2014 after more than 14 years as a trial court judge in King County Superior Court. While there, I presided over a wide variety of criminal, civil, juvenile, and family law cases. I was honored to preside over Washington’s first same-sex weddings on the day the voter-approved law took effect. So many of you have provided me with the privilege of presiding over many second-parent adoptions as well as weddings that continue to bring hundreds of families together under the law.
As a Supreme Court Justice, I have a track record of writing straightforward court opinions that follow the law and protect our constitution; decisions respecting individual privacy and ensuring government transparency.
The most important values for me as a trial court judge were to treat everyone with respect and fairness, to approach each case with an open mind, to decide cases impartially, and to understand that every decision I made impacted the lives of real people. As a Supreme Court Justice, I continue to hold those same values.
I have received the highest rating, Exceptionally Well Qualified, by every bar association that has rated me, including Q-Law, the LGBT Bar Association. I was particularly proud of having received the 2013 Public Official of the Year award from the Municipal League Foundation and several Judge of the Year awards from multiple organizations, including the Washington State Association for Justice, the Washington State Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers - King County Chapter, Asian Bar Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Finally, I am pleased to have the endorsement of the Seattle Times and the Tri City Herald.
Protecting the integrity of our Court is more important than ever. Please remember that every vote counts and I especially need yours this year.
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Retain Justice Mary Yu Committee