Without reservation, I will vote for Thomas Bjorgen for Appeals Court judge. Bjorgen’s experience and legal expertise are couched in humility, humor, and gratefulness. Whether in a public capacity as the Thurston County and City of Olympia hearing examiner or as a private attorney, he listens to facts and makes his decisions or arguments after careful deliberation and review of the law.

The many people with whom I spoke who have worked with Bjorgen, whether as colleagues or clients, unanimously speak of the respect they have for him. Their comments confirmed my admiration for Tom.

Bjorgen was born in Yakima and schooled at Washington State University and the University of Washington. He was a seasonal ranger at Mount Rainier National Park and still hikes for recreation.

Bjorgen has been a state assistant attorney general and a Thurston County deputy prosecutor. He has argued cases before the state Appellate Court and Supreme Court. He has written briefs for U.S. Supreme Court. His breadth and depth of life and legal experience is why I encourage you to vote for Thomas Bjorgen for Appeals Court judge.

Sue Danver

Reprint of Letters to the Editor, Olympian