Yet another letter about Thomas Bjorgen in the Olympian. Tom Bjorgen gave IT capable advice TOM FENDER | Tumwater • Published October 21, 2012 Tom Bjorgen is my recommendation for the Court of Appeals Division 2. As a fellow lawyer, I served on the Intercity Transit Authority to which Bjorgen was legal counsel. I foundContinue Reading …
Here is another letter about Thomas Bjorgen, this time in the Peninsula Daily News. Support Tom Bjorgen for Appeals Court Judge Bear in mind that all legal cases appealed to the Appellate Court have to be heard by this Court, where as the Supreme Court can pick the cases it wants to hear. This meansContinue Reading …
Tom, his wife, Fay, and his entire 10 person committee THANK YOU for your support. It’s been an incredible experience from the decision by Tom in January to run, through phone calls, endorsements, signs, countless miles of driving for Tom to speak to people all over the six county range of his district, sign waving,Continue Reading …
Attorneys usually have good insight into what makes a good judge. Thomas Bjorgen finished first in the Kitsap County Bar Association poll, the only preference poll of attorneys conducted for this race.
Judge David H. Armstrong, who is retiring from the Division II Court of Appeals, explains why he endorses Thomas Bjorgen to replace him on the bench: “I have endorsed Tom Bjorgen to replace me on Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals. Tom has demonstrated that he has the legal ability to serveContinue Reading …
Selection of Endorsements for Tom
Gerry L. Alexander, former Chief Justice, Washington State Supreme Court
Robert F. Utter former Chief Justice, Washington State Supreme Court
Phil Talmadge, former Justice, Washington State Supreme Court
David Armstrong, Judge, Washington State Court of Appeals
Marywave Van Deren, Judge Washington State Court of Appeals
Marlin Appelwick, Judge, Washington State Court of Appeals
Dennis J. Sweeney, Judge, Washington Court of Appeals
Elaine Houghton, Judge, Washington State Court of Appeals (retired)
Robert J. Doran, Judge, Thurston County Superior Court (retired)
Dan Berschauer, Judge, Thurston County Superior Court (retired)
Paula Casey,Judge, Thurston County Superior Court (retired)
Richard Strophy, Judge, Thurston County Superior Court (retired)
Richard D. Hicks, Judge, Thurston County Superior Court (retired)
Sally Olsen, Kitsap County Superior Court Judge
Steve Alexander, Kitsap County District Court Judge (retired)
James Docter, Bremerton Municipal Court Judge
Susan Dubuisson, Judge, Thurston County District Court (retired)
Jill Landes, Judge, Jefferson County District Court
Ralph Munro, former Washington Secretary of State
Jolene Unsoeld, former member of U.S. Congress
Michael J. Murphy, former Washington State Treasurer
Karen Fraser, Washington State Senator, 22nd Leg. District
Sam Hunt, Washington State Representative, 22nd Leg. District
Chris Reykdal, Washington State Representative, 22nd Leg. District
John Austin, Jefferson County Commissioner
Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council
Washington Federation of State Employees, Local 443
Judge David Armstrong, who recently retired from this position, has endorsed Thomas to succeed him. Judge Armstrong stated that Bjorgen is far and away the most qualified candidate and that his "broad experience will serve the public well." Judge Armstrong also stated: "I will vote for Tom because he will bring the balance and expertise the public should expect from an appellate court judge.”
Ralph Munro, former Washington Secretary of State, has endorsed Tom, saying:
" In all my years with State Government, Tom Bjorgen was one of the brightest and best lawyers that I ever worked with. He is fair, knowledgeable, respectful and very smart. Tom always listens to each side of the argument then makes his decisions based on facts, fairness and the law. Not on politics. Tom will make an excellent judge."
Washington State Senator, Karen Fraser, says the following about Tom's qualifications for candidacy:
"Tom always approaches the law with great expertise and his clients with the utmost repsect. He consistently lives up to the highest of ethical standards. I could not recommend him more highly."
Washington Women Lawyers has now given Thomas its highest rating, "Exceptionally Well Qualified."
Phil Talmadge, former Washington Supreme Court Justice, writes:
"Thomas Bjorgen understands the law, and he understands how it affects people in their real lives. Thomas will be an outstanding judge."
Dan Berschauer, retired Judge of the Thurston County Superior Court, writes:
"When I was a Thurston County Superior Court Judge, I observed Tom Bjorgen's legal skills both in oral argument and in written briefs. Tom is an outstanding lawyer and possesses the intelligence and integrity to be an outstanding judge of the Court of Appeals."
Thomas Bjorgen has received the highest rating "AV Preeminent" from the nation's leading attorney rating service, Martindale Hubble.