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  4 to challenge [WA] Supreme Court justice [Owens]
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Last EditedRalphie  Jul 30, 2006 10:23pm
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News DateSunday, July 30, 2006 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFirst-term Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens will face four opponents in the September primary. It's unclear, though, how many really want to defeat her.

State Sen. Steve Johnson, R-Kent, has long been the only announced opponent and has solid backing from business groups and other conservative forces.

In the last two days of the filing period for this year's primary, another Johnson joined the race. Michael Johnson, a Seattle attorney, said he will not raise any money or seek any endorsements.

He filed for office Thursday. In an interview Friday he initially said he didn't talk to anyone associated with Owens before joining the race. But he called back to say that a few days before filing he talked with someone in the Owens' campaign and gave them a "head's up" that he would join the race.

He said he couldn't remember whom he talked to.

Also joining the race Thursday was environmental attorney Richard Smith of Seattle. He did not respond to calls asking for comment.
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