Press Release

Wednesday, August 10

AWB announces state Supreme Court candidate endorsements

Employer group endorses Greg Zempel and Dave Larson for state Supreme Court

OLYMPIA— The Association of Washington Business announced endorsements today for state Supreme Court candidates Greg Zempel, the Kittitas County prosecutor running for Position 5, and Dave Larson, the Federal Way judge running for Position 6.

The endorsements came following an extensive process that included interviews with the candidates, a review of campaign materials and candidate questionnaires, and — in the case of incumbents — a thorough review of their record and their ranking in AWB’s Judicial Scorecard, which evaluates justices’ votes in cases of importance to the business community.

“Greg Zempel is a strong choice for our state’s highest court with his background as a prosecutor and his views on the role of the court to interpret laws, not create them,” said Bob Battles, AWB government affairs director and chief legal counsel. “His judicial philosophy that the court should apply the laws as passed by the Legislature resonates with the majority our membership.”

Judge Larson’s background also stood out to the interview panel, Battles explained.

“Larson’s trial work as a lawyer as well as being a trial judge give him a unique perspective,” Battles said. “He knows what it’s like to get confusing decisions from the state Supreme Court, and holds the belief the court should provide clear and predictable decisions based on sound legal analysis, particularly as issues before the Legislature are being simultaneously ruled on in the court.”

AWB’s endorsements were decided by an ad hoc committee composed 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.

In Justice Position 1, the third Supreme Court position on the November ballot, the group did not endorse either candidate

AWB’s 2016 Judicial Scorecard, which includes a detailed evaluation of the Supreme Court justices’ votes in cases of importance to the business community, will be published this fall.

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 7,800 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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