King County judges
Most of these endorsements are based on bar association qualification assessments, combined with endorsements from progressive groups like WA Conservation Voters and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington (not that superior court judges often play a role in big constitutional issues, but it's an endorsement that helps filter out the bat-shit crazy Federalist Society types):
Superior Court #1: Susan Parisien
Superior Court #22: Holly Hill
Superior Court #37: Jean Rietschel
King County Charter Amendments
I really wish these things were not cluttering up the general election ballot, but they are. So here's some quick recommendations:
Charter Amendment #1: No. This would make the County Elections Director an elected position. This is a position that should remain ministerial not political.
Charter Amendments #2-7: Yes These are all housekeeping measures of various sorts and all pretty self-explanatory (i.e., no hidden agendas).
Charter Amendment #8: No This measure to make county offices non-partisan is an effort by a small group of businessmen to make it easier for Republicans to sneak into office in a very Democratic county. Voters have such little information as it is about local offices that they need the kind of shorthand signals party labels provide. It's an imperfect indicator but better than the nothing that many voters get in local elections.
As someone who spent ten years living in Pierce County, even running for office and sitting on public boards, I still pay a lot of attention to Pierce County politics. And, with Ranked Choice Voting (also known as Instant Run-off Voting), politics there will only get more interesting starting this year. But, I haven't had much time to focus on all the candidates there for all the offices. So, let me highlight just a few of the most interesting races:
Pierce County Executive
If I still lived there, I'd be having a tough time picking. On paper, Calvin Goings is the best candidate and that probably means you should vote for him. But, he sometimes has trouble making the best decision when constituencies he cares about are pulling in different directions. He's one of those stereotypically ambitious politicians who's always focused on the next election. The other real choice is Pat McCarthy. I like her a lot, but do worry about how much money is being infused on her behalf by the very, very sleazy builders lobby. I'd be tempted to rank Pat first and Calvin second. But with the Builders such a big factor in her campaign, I have to recommend the reverse - Calvin ranked first, Pat second.
Pierce County Council
The only one I'll comment on is the primary Tacoma seat on the Council, now held by Tim Farrell. Tim has been a fabulous councilmember, quite effective given that he's been in the minority almost the whole time. His district loves him, so he'll sail to reelection without any trouble. But, make sure you vote for him early and often to show him the love.
26th District House
Pat Lantz was a great legislator but, unfortuately, felt the need to move on. Kim Abel is the Democrat in the race to replace her. The Republican, Jan Angel, is a shill of the Builders and the very conservative Kitsap County Realtors. On the Kitsap County commission, she was a disaster on growth management, transportation and other environmental issues. Vote for Kim Abel.