Franklin County prosecutor announces campaign for Benton and Franklin Superior Court judge

Shawn Sant

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Franklin County prosecutor Shawn Sant has announced his campaign to become the next Benton Franklin Superior Court judge.

Honorable Bruce Spanner announced his retirement last month, leaving an open spot. Sant has been the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney for 10 years.

Sant has helped with the expansion of the mental health diversion program and hopes to expand on it with his experience.

“Starting from the days when I was a reserve police officer, I was always committed to trying to be involved in community safety and I thought this would be the natural progression in my career,” Sant said. “In my professional experience to seek an opportunity to be a superior court judge.”

He worked for the Richland Police Department as a reserve officer, then went full-time with Prosser Police. He also served as a public defender and was active duty in the Air Force.

Sant will officially file for the position in May for this year’s general election.