Charles Johnson, the most experienced member of the State Supreme Court, announced that he will seek a fifth term on the bench.
Presently serving as associate chief justice, Johnson first joined the state’s highest court in 1991.
Continuing a tradition, he chose to announce his campaign during Sunshine Week, a nationwide event designed to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels.
The election this year will determine four Supreme Court positions, which are nonpartisan.
Retired Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, who served on the Supreme Court with Johnson from 1995 through 2011, said: “Charles brings to the court a passion for the individual rights of citizens. I appreciated his hard work and constitutional expertise.”
Johnson was born in Tacoma, attended Curtis High School near Tacoma and graduated from the University of Washington in 1974. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law) in 1976.
Johnson is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
He is the cofounder of and maintains the Justices’ Scholarship to the Hispanic Academic Achievers Program that provides scholarships to eligible students in the Tri-Cities area.
“After more than two decades on the bench, I am excited to renew my commitment to serving the people of Washington,” Johnson said. “I look forward to receiving the same broad, bipartisan support that I enjoyed in the 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008 elections.”