2008 Candidate Ratings

In 2008, five regional Candidate Evaluation Committees rated 85 candidates running in contested races throughout King County.

About the Municipal League Ratings

The ratings are not endorsements. They assess each candidate’s potential to be effective in office and ability to serve the community.

  • Outstanding – Has made numerous outstanding contributions requiring skills related to the office, is a path-finding and respected leader, brings knowledge and creativity to issues facing the office.
  • Very Good – Makes significant contributions, is a skilled builder of consensus, inspires confidence in the way he/she would serve, is thorough and attentive to issues.
  • Good – Has been active and effective in many roles, is capable of moving people to productive action, has strong record of participation in problem solving, shows satisfactory commitment to tackling issues.
  • Adequate – Has a record of participation and interest, is effective on specific issues, has provoked questions about suitability as an office holder, will need significant time/energy to fill gaps in knowledge.
  • Not Qualified – Doesn’t appear engaged, has a record that casts doubt on ability to be productive, hasn’t demonstrated ability to deal with responsibilities of office, has narrow focus, inflexible attitude or is otherwise troubling.
YearLegislative DistrictPositionCandidateRatingIncumbentInterviewQuestionnaireWebsiteParty
2008KC Superior Court1Susan AminiGoodNO
200852Glenn AnderonGoodYesR
200841SenateBob BakerGoodR
2008Supreme Court4James BeecherVery GoodNO
2008372Ruth BennettGoodL
2008361Leslie BlossGoodR
2008Supreme Court3Michael BondVery GoodNO
2008KC Superior Court10Jean BouffardGoodNO
2008KC Superior Court1Timothy BradshawVery GoodNO
2008361John BurbankGoodD
2008KC Superior Court10Regina CahanVery GoodNO
2008361Reaven CarlyleOutstandingD
2008321Maralyn ChaseGoodYesUnable to ParticipateD
2008432Frank ChoppOutstandingYesD
2008KC Superior Court37Nic CorningVery GoodNO
2008KC Superior Court53Ann DanieliVery GoodNO
2008362Mary Lou DickersonOutstandingYesD
2008482Deborah EddyVery GoodYesD
2008Supreme Court3Mary FairhurstOutstandingYesNO
2008482Ronald FullerInsufficient InformationÿR
2008KC Superior Court22Julia GarrattOutstandingNO
2008331Todd GibsonVery GoodR
2008451Roger GoodmanGoodYesD
2008KC Superior Court22Rebeccah GrahamGoodNO
2008302Carol GregoryVery GoodD
2008452Kevin HaistingsGoodR
2008KC Superior Court26Matthew HaleNot QualifiedNO
2008471Leslie HamadaGoodD
2008312Sharon HanekGoodR
2008471Mark HargroveAdequateÿR
2008112Bob HasegawaVery GoodYesD
2008KC Superior Court22Holly HillOutstandingNO
2008111Zachary HudginsVery GoodYesD
2008312Josh HubertNo Active CampaignDeclined to ParticipateR
2008481Ross HunterVery GoodYesD
2008312Christopher HurstVery GoodYesD
20085SenatePhyllis HusterVery GoodD
200841SenateFred JarrettOutstandingD
2008Supreme Court4Charles JohnsonOutstandingYesNO
2008462Phyllis KenneyVery GoodYesDeclined to ParticipateD
2008362Leslie KleinAdequateR
2008332Tan LamNot QualifiedR
2008481Charles LappInsufficient InformationDeclined to ParticipateR
2008411Steve LiztowVery GoodR
2008461Keith LjunghammarNot QualifiedR
2008KC Superior Court37Barbara MackVery GoodNO
200811SenateJuan MartinezVery GoodD
2008411Marcie MaxwellGoodD
20081SenateRosemary McAuliffeGoodYesD
200811SenateScott McKayAdequateD
2008KC Superior Court26Laura MiddaughGoodYesNO
2008472Timothy MillerGoodR
2008301Mark MilosciaVery GoodYesD
2008111David MorrisInsufficient InformationÿUnable to ContactR
2008451Toby NixonOutstandingR
2008331Tina OrwallOutstandingD
2008KC Superior Court1Suzanne ParisienVery GoodNO
2008372Eric PettigrewOutstandingYesD
20085SenateCheryl PflugVery GoodYesR
2008461Gerald PolletGoodD
2008KC Superior Court10Les PonomarchukVery GoodNO
2008112John PotterNo Active CampaignDeclined to ParticipateR
200811SenateMargarita PrenticeVery GoodYesD
2008302Skip PriestOutstandingYesR
20081SenateDennis RichterAdequateR
2008KC Superior Court37Jean RietschelOutstandingNO
2008321Alex RionGoodR
2008311Daniel RoachVery GoodYesDeclined to ParticipateR
200851Jay RodneVery GoodYesR
2008471Geoffrey SimpsonVery GoodYesD
2008KC Superior Court53Mariane SpearmanOutstandingNO
200852David SpringVery GoodD
2008452Lawrence SpringerOutstandingYesD
200839SenateVal StevensGoodYesDeclined to ParticipateR
2008472Patrick SullivanOutstandingYesD
2008462John SweeneyNot QualifiedDeclined to InterviewR
2008301Michael ThompsonAdequateR
2008332Dave UpthegroveOutstandingYesD
2008432Kim VerdeNot QualifiedR
200851Jon ViebrockAdequateD
2008Supreme Court4Frank VullietNot QualifiedNO
200839SenateFred WalserGoodD
2008461Scott WhiteGoodD
2008311Ronald WeigeltVery GoodD
2008321Margaret WigginsNot QualifiedNone

Rating Criteria

The Municipal League Candidate Ratings are based on four criteria–Involvement, Effectiveness, Character & Knowledge.  The ratings are produced by citizen volunteers seeking to understand the potential a candidate has to be truly effective in the office they seek and to beneficially serve the community. Political affiliation or the stance a candidate has on any particular issue are not considered as part of the League rating process.

Who Rates The Candidates?

Municipal League Candidate Evaluation Committees are made up of volunteers like you–individuals interested in maintaining good government and willing to get involved.  If you would like to serve on one of our regional candidate evaluation committees next June, please contact cec@munileague.org or 206.622.8333 to learn how.


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