Candidate Details: David A. Larson

Judge David A. Larson

Age: 62

Community of residence: Federal Way.

Occupation: Federal Way Municipal Court judge.

Education: Law degree from Seattle University School of Law; bachelor's degree in public administration from University of Puget Sound.

Community service: Former president, Federal Way school board, Federal Way Human Services Commission. Member of Washington State Judicial College, chair of the Council on Independent Courts, member of the Civic Learning Council. Member of several committees for the District and Municipal Court Judges Association.

Previous elected experience: Elected as Federal Way Municipal Court judge in 2009 and 2013. Previously ran for Washington Supreme Court in 2016.

Candidate Details: Raquel Montoya-Lewis

Washington Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis

Age: 52

Community of residence: Lacey.

Occupation: Washington Supreme Court justice.

Education: Bachelor's degree in English from the University of New Mexico; law degree from the University of Washington School of Law; master's of social work from the University of Washington Graduate School of Social Work.

Community service: Faculty member for Washington State Judicial College, as well as the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence. Served on the Washington State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and served two terms on the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, which advises the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Congress and the president on juvenile justice policy. Trustee for the Superior Court Judges’ Association, as well as the SCJA’s Family and Juvenile Law Committee and the Judicial Education Committee. Member of the Family Violence Advisory Board for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Judicial Engagement Network, a joint project of the NCJFCJ and the Center for Court Innovation. 

Previous elected experience: Elected as Whatcom County Superior Court judge in 2015 and 2016.

Other information: Enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta, and descendant of the Laguna Indian Tribe.



Candidate Details: G. Helen Whitener

Justice Grace Helen Whitener

Age: 55.

Community of residence: University Place.

Occupation: Washington Supreme Court Justice. Prior to her April 2020 appointment, Whitener was a Pierce County Superior Court judge for five years. 

Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration and international marketing from Baruch College; law degree from the Seattle University School of Law.

Community service: Co-chair Washington State Minority and Justice Commission; judicial member of the Washington State Office of Civic Legal Aid and Oversight Committee. Member of the National Association of Women Judges and the International Association of Women Judges. Faculty Member of the Washington State Judicial College and Street Law teacher at Lincoln High School in Tacoma.

Previous elected experience: Elected to Pierce County Superior Court in 2015 and 2016.

Other information: Whitener arrived in the U.S. from Trinidad when she was 16 y.ears old

Candidate Details: Richard Serns

Rick Serns, former Winlock School Superintendent.

Age: 69.

Community of residence: Winlock.

Occupation: Retired as superintendent of the Winlock School District in 2019. Three-decade career in education include jobs as a teacher, principal and school administrator for school districts throughout the state.

Education: Bachelor's degree from Loma Linda University (now La Sierra University); master's degree in school administration from Walla Walla University; doctorate degree in school leadership from the University of Oregon and law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

Community service: Board member for the South King County/Seattle chapter of Habitat for Humanity; member of the Rotary Club, Lions Club and the Winlock Improvement Network. 


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