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08/22/08

Iranian-American Susan Amini Trailing in Seattle's Election

Source: Iran Times

 


Susan Amini

In the first election of the year involving an Iranian-American, Susan Amini was trailing badly in returns from a three-way primary for a judgeship in the county that includes Seattle, Washington.

 

The balloting was Tuesday.  Complete returns were not yet in when the Iran Times went to press.

 

With 100,000 ballots counted, Amini had 22 percent of the vote, trailing both Tim Bradshaw with 46 percent and Suzanne Parisien with 32 percent.

 

The vote trend was surprising given that Amini was endorsed by both of the major newspapers in Seattle.

 

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the largest daily in the state, said Amini's experience of 13 years serving as a temporary judge, plus "her varied professional background, community activism and focus in providing access to justice make her an ideal candidate."

 

The Seattle Times wrote, "We endorse Susan Amini, 50, for some special reasons. ... In Bellevue she built up a private practice in family law, personal injury, immigration and criminal defense. She knows the problems of immigrants and has become an expert on the rights of the disabled."

 

Amini is currently in private practice.  Born in Iran, she was educated at Catholic schools in Tehran and Paris.  She graduated from the University of Tehran and received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

 

She is seeking a judgeship on the Superior Court in King County.  In Washington state, superior courts are the general courts that deal with felony crimes, civil suits over $50,000, domestic relations, juvenile cases and estate matters.

 

Superior court judges are elected on a non-partisan basis for four-year terms.

 

With three candidates running for the judgeship next Tuesday, if any one of them gets more than 50 percent of the vote, that candidate will be declared elected.  If no one passes the 50 percent mark, then the top two candidates will compete in the November general election.

 

No one currently has more than 50 percent, but Amini is far back in third place and would be dropped from the November ballot if the current returns prevail.

 

Amini is opposed by Tim Bradshaw, a senior deputy prosecuting attorney in King County, and Suzanne Parisien, an assistant attorney general of Washington.

 

About Iran Times: The Iran Times is an independent newspaper with no affiliation with any political party or faction The Iran Times corporation was founded in Washington D.C. in 1970, in accordance with U.S. federal and local regulations: www.iran-times.com

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