Judges hide their political party affiliations from voters when running for election in WA State Supreme Court Justice positions. I know they're not supposed to be partisan, but much of their work is done from their beliefs. Is there any way the voters can find out their hidden party affiliations?

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    The underlying assumption here seems to be that each justice actually has a political party affiliation.
    – MSalters
    Commented Nov 5, 2018 at 11:50
  • I would say that this is a poor way to judge their beliefs as there is a wide gap of what is a tenant of the party held by a member of the Party in the US. Not all Democrats believe all the Democratic positions and vice versa for Republicans. Though the best general method would probably be look at who appointed the Judge.
    – hszmv
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 21:19

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According to ballotpedia.org only Supreme Court Position 8 is contested in 2108 WA, the choices being either:

  • Steven Gonzalez (Incumbent)

    Gonzalez was appointed by Democratic Governor Chris Gregoire in November 2011 to a term that commenced in 2012. He was elected to
    the court in 2012 for a term that began in January 2013 and expires
    on January 13, 2019. -- BP

    Gonzalez was appointed by a Democrat, and is endorsed by the major papers as well as liberal papers and WA's Democrats. Presumably he'd have to be a liberal.

  • Nathan Choi

    Choi seems to be an eccentric and outspoken conspiracy theorist who champions the appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, (but his favorite Justice is Clarence Thomas), appears to be a 9-11 "Truther", and sometimes misses a few typos (i.e. "never not"):

    Nathan Choi will be a Rule of Law Judge and never not take a quarter of a Millon Dollars from individuals or entities with Elite Globalist ties.

  • Do you have a source for the libertarian label? Did he call so himself? If the website you linked to is his, then the rants against "Illegals" and "Elite Globalist / New World Order / Rothschild" (all code for Jews) would suggest that he is at least not an average libertarian, but on the far right.
    – tim
    Commented Nov 5, 2018 at 15:58
  • @tim, The "source" is only my own fuzzy estimate, but includes the qualifiers "eccentric and outspoken". It's unclear that "the far right" would be more accurate due to Choi's alleged pro bono work as an immigration lawyer. "Mostly far right" maybe? (Feel free to modify the label to whatever seems most accurate.)
    – agc
    Commented Nov 5, 2018 at 16:22
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    Or maybe Choi is a refreshingly honest man? ;)
    – user19831
    Commented Nov 5, 2018 at 21:01
  • @Orangesandlemons, "“Readin' don't never not done nothing for not nonebody. Never not no one, didn't about no reason not never. And by God they never not ain't gonna will!”Early Cuyler
    – agc
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 16:47
  • @agc I edited it to the more general "conspiracy theorist". He might be Libertarian - and if so, probably some far-right variant -, but I don't think we have enough to go on to specifically label him as such. But going by his website, it shouldn't be in question that he is a conspiracy theorist (that's the primary content on his website).
    – tim
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 20:02

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