Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu
  • Amy Hallman
  • Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu with, from left, Anne Levinson, Ruth Woo, and Phyllis Gutierrez-Kenney.

Washington State's newest Supreme Court Justice, Mary Yu, is an accomplished judge and a bundle of firsts—the first out lesbian on our high court, as well as the first Asian American. Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to replace Justice James Johnson, who retired in April citing health concerns, Justice Yu will have to stand for election this fall.

But, it won't be a very difficult election. Yu drew no challenger before the filing deadline passed on Friday.

Supreme Court terms last six years, but since she's taking over Johnson's term, which was to end in two years, Justice Yu will have to stand for election again in 2016.

That's actually another bit of good news for her, since in presidential election years the state's electorate tends to be more liberal. Who knows, but maybe this groundbreaking judge whose name will appear waaaaay down on the 2016 ballot will be helped, turnout-wise, by another groundbreaking name that could appear at the top of that 2016 ballot: Hillary Clinton.