Challenger Susan Mahoney Soundly Defeats Controversial “Judge Judy”
by Jack Mayne
Judith Eiler, the judge who was recently suspended for five days by the state Supreme Court for “rude, impatient and undignified treatment” of people before her in court has been voted off the bench by voters in the Burien area.
The winner is the current assistant city attorney for Des Moines, Susan Mahoney.
The loser, who picked up the “Judge Judy” moniker, after a harsh television judge, will leave the court in January and be replaced by Mahoney.
“I thought if anything it would be close but it has not been close at all,” she said in a telephone interview with The B-Town Blog. “The doorbelling paid off. I am just so grateful. It is just great that the people paid attention and I am humbled and honored and wouldn’t have gotten this far without that support.”
With less than 39 percent of the vote counted on Wednesday afternoon, Mahoney had 25,815 votes (69.82 percent) to Judge Eiler’s 10,965 (29.65 percent).