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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Washington

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 7 of Washington's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:
  • Make pledges or promises of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office.

  • Make statements that commit or appear to commit them with respect to cases, controversies, or issues likely to come before the court.

  • Knowingly misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position, or other fact concerning themselves or an opponent.

  • Identify themselves as members of a political party.

  • Personally solicit or accept campaign contributions.

Candidates may establish a committee to secure and manage campaign funds and obtain public statements of support. Candidate committees may not solicit contributions earlier than 120 days from the date when filing for the office is first permitted or later than 60 days after the final election in which the candidate participates.