Seattle, WA, August 6, 2008 – With less then two weeks to go before the primary election, Susan Amini’s candidacy for Superior Court Judge continues to gain momentum with a new endorsement from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the oldest newspaper in Washington State.
On July 31st, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial Board endorsed Susan Amini as the top choice for Superior Court Position 1 in King County Washington. The Board commended Amini’s contributions to the legal profession, emphasizing experiences and qualities, which they argue, make her an ideal candidate. “Her pro tem experience combined with her varied professional background, community activism and focus in providing access to justice make her an ideal candidate,” said the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “Amini brings the sorts of extras to the table that are crucial-experience in immigration law, family law, including domestic violence and juvenile cases.”
Amini has over 17 years of trial experience at all levels of the courts in Washington. In 1994, Amini was sworn in as Judge Pro Tempore, and has since served in that capacity as needed throughout King County. The superior courts in Washington State are the courts of general jurisdiction. These courts have exclusive jurisdiction for felony matters, real property rights, domestic relations, estate, mental illness, juvenile, and civil cases over $50,000. Superior court judges are elected on a non-partisan basis for a four-year term. If only one candidate runs the election is automatic. When two or more candidates run, anyone who gets more than 50% of the vote in the primary is declared elected. When no candidate gets over 50%, the top two compete in a run-off election in the November general election.
Amini will face Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tim Bradshaw and Assistant Attorney General Suzanne Parisien in the August 19th primary. If successful, she will become the first American of Iranian descent to be elected to the Superior Court in the state of Washington.