Glasgow enters race with endorsements from AG Bob Ferguson, former AG Rob McKenna, WA Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, and many others.
Rebecca Glasgow has announced that she will pursue an open seat on the Court of Appeals. She is seeking a position in Division Two, a regional post that includes all of the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, as well as Thurston County.
Glasgow is currently a Deputy Solicitor General in the Attorney General’s Office, where she has served Washington residents for a decade. Prior to this, she spent five years at the Washington State Supreme Court as a clerk for current Justice Susan Owens and retired Justice Bobbe Bridge.
“Judges are the guardians of the rule of law and the rights of every person. An appeal to the Court of Appeals is the last chance most people have to ensure their case is correctly decided,” said Glasgow, a resident of Olympia. “We all want judges who are impartial, fair, and unbiased. We want them to be thoughtful and committed to understanding the impact of their decisions on real people. These are the values I will bring to this important role, rooted in my career serving the people of our state.”
In her current role in the Solicitor General’s Office and as lead counsel to Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Glasgow has defended the will of the voters in high profile cases involving citizen-adopted initiatives. She has also served as an expert on important election, immigration, and civil rights issues. This work has earned the endorsement of Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
“I have trusted Becca with many of Washington’s most important issues and cases,” said Ferguson. “She is a thoughtful, meticulous attorney, a strong colleague, and a champion for ensuring the justice system works for everyone. I am confident she would be an excellent Court of Appeals judge.”
Glasgow joined the Attorney General’s Office in 2007, in Rob McKenna’s first term. McKenna has also endorsed Glasgow.
“Becca cares deeply about how laws affect real people and brings the fair, thoughtful, balanced approach we need from our judges,” said McKenna. “She came to the Attorney General’s office with a deep understanding of appellate cases and quickly became a trusted, expert voice. She is a great choice for the Court of Appeals.”
Glasgow has long been a local leader in efforts to ensure fair and equal access to the courts and she volunteers to provide legal aid to low income people in the region. She was named a “Local Hero” for these efforts in 2014. She is also a recent president of Washington Women Lawyers, a statewide organization of female attorneys. Washington’s strong community of current and retired female judges inspired her current run for office. Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst is among Glasgow’s early endorsers.
“I value Becca’s integrity and deep understanding of the issues presented in her cases,” said Fairhurst. “I am convinced that she would be an excellent, very hardworking, and respected Court of Appeals judge who would view the law and the record objectively, taking care to understand all aspects of the case.”
Glasgow’s early endorsements also include eight other current and retired justices of the Washington Supreme Court, current and retired Court of Appeals judges from across the state, all of the Thurston County Superior Court and District Court judges, and Secretary of State Kim Wyman. A full list of early endorsements is provided below.
Glasgow is running because she believes the openness and fairness of our courts is paramount to maintaining trust and balance in our society.
“Now more than ever, we need judges who not only uphold the law, but protect the rights of everyone involved in a case,” said Glasgow. “Our justice system depends on a fair process and unbiased application of the law. With the support of voters, I’ll not only bring proven expertise, but the humility needed to listen and work hard to fairly analyze the law and the facts before making a decision.”
Glasgow and her husband live with their son, dog, and chickens in Thurston County.
The open seat is being vacated by Judge Thomas Bjorgen of Thurston County, who has decided not to run for another term.