The new superior court judgeships created by chapter 202, Laws of 1979, 1st Ex. Sess. in Pierce, Kitsap and Cowlitz Counties, which are to take effect on January 1, 1981, are not to be filled initially by gubernatorial appointment but, instead, are constitutionally required to be filled by the election process both (a) for the short term from January 1 through 12, 1981 and (b) for the regular four-year term commencing on January 12, 1981.
(1) An election will be required to be conducted on November 8, 1977, in connection with the several new superior court judgeships which, under Chapter 311, supra, will become effective on November 1, 1977.
(2) It is proper for filings to be accepted by the Secretary of State or the appropriate county auditors for those new superior court judgeships in accordance with RCW 29.18.030 during the week of July 25-29, 1977.