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What’s on the Ballot: State Attorney General

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Don’t panic if you miss this deadline, you can still register in person up until 8:00 pm on election day – which is August 4th.  If you have not yet received your ballot, contact your county (King or Pierce) elections department ASAP. Voters do not have to declare a party affiliation to vote in the primary.

State Attorney General

“Attorneys general are the top legal officers of their state or territory,” states USA.gov. “They advise and represent their legislature and state agencies and act as the “People’s Lawyer” for the citizens. Most are elected, though a few are appointed by the governor. Select your state to connect to your state attorney general’s website.”

The Washington State Attorney General’s page clarifies that “State law prohibits the Attorney General, deputy attorneys general, and assistant attorneys general from engaging in the private practice of law. This means that they cannot represent private citizens in court either to bring an action on behalf of an individual or to defend an individual.”

Read More to find out the duties of the WA State AG’s office

It’s important not to confuse a State’s Attorney General with the US Attorney General.

Attorney General:  Statewide, 4-year term

Washington State Attorney General Candidates

Candidates submit their statements. Neither the Office of the Secretary of State or Auburn Examiner make corrections or verify statements for truth or fact. A candidate’s preference does not imply that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party, or that the party approves of or associates with that candidate.

Matt Larkin
(Prefers Republican Party)

Elected Experience
I’m not a career politician, and I’ll bring a fresh perspective to the office of Attorney General.

Other Professional Experience
Veteran attorney licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon; Attorney in the White House for former U.S. President, Prosecuted in Pierce and Spokane counties, Chief Legal Counsel for my family’s 3rd generation manufacturing company.

Education
Masters of Law Degree (LLM) George Washington University School of Law; Law Degree (JD) Gonzaga University School of Law; Double Major (BA) Westmont College

Community Service
Evergreen Health Board of Trustees; YMCA Youth Basketball; Woodinville Little League; Timberlake Church; Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission; Vision House; Stronger Families; Maltby Food Bank

Statement
I’m running to be your Attorney General because as a lifelong Washingtonian and father of four little kids, I believe that they deserve a better, safer Washington. Everyone agrees that the homeless situation in our cities has spiraled out of control, and no one is doing anything about it. This is unacceptable! For 8 years, homelessness, drug abuse, and crime have been on the rise. As Attorney General, I will make this a priority! I am dedicated to making sure law enforcement and first responders have the tools, training, and resources they need to do their job well.

As an owner of a 3rd generation manufacturing company, I understand the struggles that Washington businesses face every day, and I will fight to make Washington a more business friendly state. I’m proudly endorsed by a former Washington Attorney General, State Senators, State Legislators, County Sheriffs, First Responders, radio talk show hosts, business owners, community leaders, and many more elected officials from all over the state!

Thanks for your vote — it’s time to roll up our sleeves, get to work, and take back our streets and parks!

Contact

(206) 734-8460
[email protected]
P.O. BOX 1462
TACOMA, WA 98401
Candidate Website
Campaign Contributions


Mike Vaska
(Prefers GOP Party)

Elected Experience
Chair, MRW Alliance, 2017-20, educating and electing leaders focused on commonsense solutions.

Other Professional Experience
Won Washington State Supreme Court cases lowering car tabs, protecting property rights, and streamlining regulations; Led Consumer Protection/Antitrust practice at Foster Garvey, recovering millions for consumers; Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney on drug cases.

Education
Lake Washington High School; first in family to attend college, earning economics degree at Stanford; law degree, University of Chicago.

Community Service
Board member and Chair, Regional Transit Committee, Seattle Chamber of Commerce; Vice-Chair, Crosscut Public Media; Issaquah Youth Soccer Coach; Eagle Scout; led Scout climbing adventures; Washington Conservation Voters Board; Teaching volunteer, Tanzania.

Statement
As the son of a World War II refugee, Mike understands what tough times are like. People are hurting. True leadership is rare. Decisions impacting our lives and livelihoods are guided by partisanship and not the rule of law. It’s time we changed that.

As your Attorney General, Mike Vaska will protect the Evergreen State, not advance a partisan agenda. He’s the only candidate with decades of legal experience, which he’ll use to improve public safety, protect consumers, and be an independent check on state power.

State government must take an all-hands approach to rebuilding our economy by supporting small businesses, farmers, and all workers. Mike will convene a “Create Jobs Now” task force to streamline permitting and reduce regulatory burdens. Mike will demand results to end our state’s homelessness and public safety crisis, bringing people together to find real solutions – not relying on the past’s failed policies.

Mike has earned bipartisan support from statewide leaders we trust like Governor Dan Evans, Attorney General Rob McKenna, former Congressmen Dave Reichert and Sid Morrison, and local leaders like Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney, Snohomish Council Chair Nate Nehring, and Vancouver business leader Ann Donnelly. Please join them with your vote.

Contact

(206) 741-1950
[email protected]
PO BOX 126
PUYALLUP, WA 98371
Candidate Website
Campaign Contributions


Brett Rogers
(Prefers Republican Party)

Elected Experience
None.

Other Professional Experience
I have over 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Seattle Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue as a patrol officer, detective, and supervisor. I have supervised the work of SPD’s Domestic Violence & Elder Crimes Unit and the Audit, Policy & Research Section. I have a combined seven years experience conducting internal investigations for SPD and Seattle Public Schools.

Education
J.D. Seattle University School of Law

Community Service
Operated a solo law practice serving primarily reduced-rate and pro bono clients. Served as volunteer president and treasurer of my neighborhood’s homeowner’s association.

Statement
Olympia has become unresponsive to the people of our state: Tax increases during times of budget surplus, legislative votes in the dead of night, title-only and “ghost” bills. I want to represent the forgotten people of our state.

As attorney general I will focus on public safety, government accountability, and safeguarding all of our civil rights. During my law enforcement career I gained experience impartially enforcing the law at the street-level, researching and setting criminal justice policy, and supervising in a large government organization.

Personal and governmental accountability are passions of mine. Equal protection under the law means just that; the rules must be applied to everyone, equally. While conducting internal investigations in law enforcement and education settings I strove to ensure that all were treated fairly but were also accountable for their actions.

I recognize the role of government is to protect the rights of all individuals, that government derives its power from the consent of the governed, and that the government does not grant your inalienable rights. As attorney general I will represent you, the people of Washington and I will not compromise when it comes to protecting your civil rights.

Contact
(425) 903-3235
[email protected]
PO BOX 258
LAKE STEVENS, WA 98258
Candidate Website
Campaign Contributions


Bob Ferguson
(Prefers Democratic Party)

Elected Experience
Eight years as Attorney General. An independent leader, Bob manages Washington’s largest law office.

Other Professional Experience
Bob began his legal career in Spokane. He served as a law clerk for two federal judges appointed by presidents of both parties. He worked as an attorney advocating for taxpayers and businesses at Preston, Gates & Ellis.

Education
Law Degree, New York University; B.A., University of Washington

Community Service
Bob and his family are active in St. Catherine’s Church. He served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps managing an emergency services office assisting vulnerable clients. Central Area Motivation Program volunteer. Advocated for Yaqui Indians as a law student.

Statement
A fourth-generation Washingtonian, husband and father, Bob Ferguson takes on powerful interests, protects taxpayers, and prosecutes violent crime.

Bob brings more consumer protection cases to court than all previous Attorneys General – and hasn’t lost. Bob beat Comcast in trial. Now they’re paying millions for ripping off Washingtonians. He’s protecting consumers from price gouging by pharmaceutical companies and prosecuting corporations that defraud taxpayers. He made corporations that acted illegally pay more than $500 million to taxpayers, including $170 million in direct checks to Washingtonians.

Bob’s helping end the backlog of untested rape kits. He’s prosecuting child sex predators. He successfully fought for tougher penalties for human traffickers and repeat DUI offenders. He partners with AARP to combat cybercrime. Bob is from a family of veterans. He fought housing discrimination against disabled veterans and provides servicemembers free legal advocacy.

Bob created an Environmental Protection Division to protect clean air and water. He stopped hazardous waste dumping in Puget Sound and protected Washington’s coast from offshore oil drilling. Bob is independent. He vigorously enforces campaign transparency laws against both parties. Son of a public school teacher and Boeing employee, Bob works for you – he refuses campaign contributions from large corporations.

Contact
(206) 588-5705
[email protected]
PO BOX 22169
SEATTLE, WA 98122
Candidate Website
Campaign Contributions


The Auburn Examiner encourages voters to do additional, independent, candidate research before casting their vote. Information on candidates can be obtained through interviews and profiles (local news outlets are usually a great source), questionnaires, candidate forums and debates, and any available voting records. A variety of websites also provide further details and information about candidates. We urge all voters to verify the authenticity of any website, and information used to inform their voting decisions. Always remember: trust, but verify.

Important 2020 Primary Dates

July 27: LAST DAY for online and mail voter registration and updates! These must be received 8 days before Election Day. You are still able to register to vote and update your voter registration in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
July 31: Unofficial, it is recommended that if mailing in your ballot, you return it by the Friday before Election Day to ensure it is postmarked by Election Day.
August 4: Deadline for in-person voter registration and updates (up to 8:00 pm).
August 4: Primary – Returned ballots must be postmarked or deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 pm on Election Day.

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