Hazelrigg-Hernandez leading in Court of Appeals race

November 8, 2018
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Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez (left) is facing Tom SeGuine for a position as a judge in Division I of the State Court of Appeals.

Skagit County Deputy Public Defender Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez is leading in the state Court of Appeals, Division I, District 3, judge race as of Tuesday’s initial ballot count.

Hazelrigg-Hernandez has 53 percent of the vote, with 64,437 votes compared to Tom SeGuine’s 57,623.

The nonpartisan seat, which carries a six-year term, represents Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties and is responsible for reviewing civil and criminal cases that have been sent up from superior courts.

In Washington, the Court of Appeals is divided into three divisions, with each encompassing three districts.

In Skagit County specifically, SeGuine holds 6,121 votes while Hazelrigg-Hernandez holds 4,087.

The winner will take the seat of Judge Mary Kay Becker, who has held the position since 1994.

Hazelrigg-Hernandez has previously said the appellate judge position is exciting, as it combines her passions for trial work and research.

SeGuine said Tuesday this was always going to be a tough race. and he hopes the numbers move in his favor.

Hazelrigg-Hernandez could not be reached for additional comment Tuesday night.

An updated ballot count is expected Wednesday.

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