A panel discussion with Gerry Alexander, Slade Gorton, Sal Mungia and John McKay was held Saturday at Seattle University on whether judges should continue to be elected. The discussion was sponsored by the Justice for Washington Foundation.

A panel discussion was held Saturday at Seattle University on whether judges should continue to be elected. The discussion was sponsored by the Justice for Washington Foundation. It was somewhat skewed in favor of elections, but still revealing.

Justice Gerry Alexander of the Washington Supreme Court, was originally appointed as a judge by Gov. Dan Evans and later elected to the high court, and for a long time was chief justice. In 2006 Alexander was in a nasty advertising war with challenger John Groen—the nastiness coming in each case from independent supporters, not from them. Alexander is now in his last term, because on Dec. 31, 2011, he will have reached 75 and be legally obligated to retire.