I wish I could join you in person for your campaign kick-off today and send best wishes to your supporters and you for a very successful event.
I am delighted that you are running for the Court of Appeals and am happy to support you in your campaign. We have known each other for many years, and I appreciate your skill and experience as an attorney as well as your commitment to the Tri-Cities community. You will be an excellent judge, and the people of Eastern Washington are fortunate that you are volunteering to serve them in public office.
One of the reasons that it is important you are running, in my view, is that incumbent, elected judges should not run unopposed for re-election. We elect our judges here in Washington for an important reason: accountability. Without competitive races, accountability is greatly reduced. Your decision to run for Court of Appeals assures that the voters will have a real choice in this year's election. I hope they choose you.
All my best to you for continued success with your campaign,