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Thomas Bjorgen: State Appeals Court #2

The Sierra Club is proud to endorse Tom Bjorgen for the Court of Appeals, District 2. This court rules on all appeal cases from Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason and Thurston Counties. Tom Bjorgen would be the only Judge in that Court to bring a strong background on land use and the environment. Tom Bjorgen has been practicing law for over 30 years in WA State. His legal work includes Assistant Attorney General for Washington State, Thurston County Senior Deputy Prosecutor, a partner in the Olympia law firm Bjorgen Bauer Pitman Bauer, where his clients included individuals, nonprofits, businesses and municipalities. He also served as Hearing Examiner for Olympia, DuPont and Thurston County, as well as General Counsel for Intercity Transit and as a mediator, helping people resolve disputes without going to court. In addition, he has served on the land use section of the Washington State Bar Association and helped establish the Volunteer Legal Clinic in Olympia. Martindale Hubbell, the leading national attorney rating service, awarded him its highest rating, AV Preeminent. The Washington Women Lawyers rated him as Exceptionally Well Qualified for this position, its top rating. He also won the preference poll of the Kitsap Bar Association for this race. Among his many judicial endorsements are two former Chief Justices of the state Supreme Court, Gerry Alexander and Robert Utter. David Armstrong, the judge who is retiring from the Appeals Court position Bjorgen seeks, endorses Bjorgen .Ralph Munro, former Washington Secretary of State also endorses him. Bjorgen's community service includes being a member of the board of directors on a number of nonprofits, donating many hours of pro bono legal services for nonprofits and individuals, and volunteering with charitable activities including food banks.