Press Release

Friday, October 10

AWB endorses Supreme Court candidates

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business has endorsed incumbents Charles Johnson and Mary Yu in their bids for re-election to the state Supreme Court.

The endorsements came following an extensive process that included interviews with the candidates, a review of campaign materials and — in the cases of incumbents — a thorough review of their record with regard to cases of importance to Washington employers.

While Justice Yu was recently appointed and has no current voting record at the Supreme Court, the committee that developed the endorsements was impressed with her answers during the interview process and with her record as a King County Superior Court judge, said Bob Battles, AWB’s general counsel and director of AWB’s practices before the Supreme Court. “It appears that Justice Yu will be a fair and balanced justice with regard to issues facing the business community,” Battles said.

Justice Johnson received AWB’s endorsement once again based on his evenhanded rulings regarding business issues, Battles said. “Employers understand that justices are independent and won’t always rule in favor of the business community, but Justice Johnson is often the lone voice of moderation on business issues,” he added.

AWB’s endorsements were decided by an ad hoc committee comprised of AWB members who are attorneys, members of the association’s executive committee and members of the board of directors. The committee’s recommendations were forwarded to AWB’s executive committee, which approved them Thursday.

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,100 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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