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On Monday, May 9, 2016, the King County Council has made three District Court appointments to fill vacancies that have recently occurred:
Southwest Division Election District
Laurel Gibson was appointed to the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Victoria Seitz.
West Division Election District
Lisa Paglisotti and Gregg Hirakawa were appointed to the vacancies created by the retirement of Judge Eileen Kato and the appointment of Judge Johanna Bender to the King County Superior Court.
All three of these newly appointed judges will be required to stand for election this November. The filing period for this election ended on Friday, May 20. Brian Todd filed against Judge Laurel Gibson in the Southwest Division; Judges Paglisotti and Hirakawa will run unopposed.
CJE was very active in this appointment process and monitored all stages. Two of the three positions were filled with candidates CJE recommended to the King County Council’s Law & Justice Committee.
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