UPDATE | Hard work pays off for McCloud in Supreme Court race

Sheryl Gordon McCloud will be Bainbridge Island's next Washington Supreme Court Justice.

McCloud was leading Richard B. Saunders, a former justice of the high court, in the race for Position 9. She had 55 percent of the vote on Election Night, or 675,764 votes out of 537,406. Saunders had 44 percent of the vote.

"I'm pretty pleased," McCloud said late Tuesday.

"Considering where we came from as the underdog and the only candidate in the race who had not been a politician before, I'm just so thrilled that the hard work paid off," she said.

McCloud currently works for her own law firm, based in Seattle.

Justice Charles K. Wiggins, also of Bainbridge Island, is currently a justice on the nine-member court. He was elected in 2010.

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