Governor appoints Superior Court judge who lost election

Edirin Okoloko was defeated in a November bid to keep an appointed seat on the Snohomish County bench.

Edirin Okoloko

Edirin Okoloko

EVERETT — After losing a close race in the November election, a Snohomish County judge has found his way back on the bench.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday he appointed Edirin Okoloko to Snohomish County Superior Court, to replace the retiring Judge Linda Krese.

The governor had already appointed Okoloko to the court once before in September 2018. He lost a bid to keep his position to Judge Anna Alexander by less than 3% of the vote in the Nov. 5 election.

Before becoming a judge, Okoloko was a Snohomish County deputy prosecutor for 14 years. He was born in Nigeria and received a law degree from Seattle University.

“For over a year, Edirin excelled on the bench and earned the respect of so many people in the Snohomish County Superior Court: his judicial benchmates, the court staff, and the litigants and attorneys who appeared before him,” Inslee said in a statement. “He is not through serving his community, and I look forward to him continuing his service on the court for years to come.”

Krese’s term would have ended this year. Okoloko will have to win an election if he wants to keep the seat beyond 2020.

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