Former Libertarian elected to Washington Supreme Court

Richard B. Sanders, a former Libertarian Party member, was elected to the nonpartisan Supreme Court of the state of Washington on November 7, 1995. Washington requires Supreme Court candidates to be nonpartisan, and Washington voters do not register to vote in any particular party.

Sanders initially joined the Libertarian Party in 1984, was well-known as an advocate of property rights and civil liberties, and focused his campaign on a libertarian theme that government is too instrusive in both personal and economic matters.

Sanders defeated incumbent Roselle Pekelis for the three-year term.

Source: November 8, 1995, Washington Libertarian Party press release, posted to LPUS by Tom Isenberg.