Gordon McCloud remains in lead in Supreme Court race as more votes tallied

Bainbridge attorney Sheryl Gordon McCloud continues to pace the pack in the race for the Justice Position 9 on the Washington Supreme Court.

State election officials updated the vote count in the four-way race Wednesday afternoon, and added another 1,128 votes to the tally.

Gordon McCloud remained in the lead, with 31.5 percent of the vote, or 208,133 votes.

Richard B. Sanders, who will advance to the General Election in November as the candidate with the second highest vote count, had 27.5 percent of ballots cast, or 181,327 votes.

The other two candidates in the race, Bruce Hilyer, a judge in King County Superior Court, and John Ladenburg Sr., a former Pierce County executive and prosecuting attorney, will be eliminated under the state's top two primary system.

Gordon McCloud said she was grateful that people were crediting her earlier experience in front of the Washington Supreme Court and propelling her to November's General Election.

"I'm also optimistic about moving forward into the General Election," McCloud said via cell phone just before 11 p.m. on Election Night as she made her way home from the Washington State Labor Council convention in Wenatchee.

"I'm still cautious at this point. I know there are a lot of votes still out at this point," she said.

The campaign for the state high court is Gordon McCloud's first shot at elected office.

So far, so good, she said.

"I did start out later than the other guys in the race. I've never run a campaign before," Gordon McCloud said. "I'm just not a part of that old boys network that has typically done politics."

Gordon McCloud runs her own Seattle-based law firm, the Law Offices of Sheryl Gordon McCloud, and has handled cases for more than two decades before the Washington Supreme Court.

"I'm thrilled that I did this well and I am grateful I did this well," she said.

"There's a little bit of surprise and a lot of gratefulness that people appreciate old-fashioned experience."

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