Washington Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders and his challenger, Charlie Wiggins, are focusing on their day jobs as their campaign comes to a close.
Sanders spent Tuesday morning with other justices, deciding whether to grant about 50 petitions for review. Wiggins, an attorney from Bainbridge Island, was preparing for oral arguments scheduled for Thursday before the Court of Appeals in Seattle.
Wiggins says he's feeling cautiously optimistic about his chances of ousting the incumbent Sanders, who's been a justice for 15 years. Sanders has recently been under fire for saying during a court meeting that certain minority groups are disproportionally represented in the prison population "because they have a crime problem."
Sanders, who describes himself as a libertarian, says he's been the victim of "brutal personal attacks." He says his record on the court has been one of upholding the state Constitution and defending personal freedoms