Friday, May 14, 2010

Doug Werth—the judicial future

I will be voting for Doug Werth for District Judge on May 25.

It is always difficult to choose between two friends when they are running for the same office. I worked with both Robert Elgee and Doug Werth when I was a Blaine County commissioner and as chair of the Community Justice Council. They are both fine men with an extensive background in the law. As a community, we are very fortunate to have two good people to choose between.

As a longtime resident of the Blaine County community, I have been involved with many governmental agencies and public service organizations over the past three decades. Among the more important issues facing our community in the years ahead will be land-use decisions that determine how well our community can meet the infrastructure stress of development; in this critical land-use area, my preference is for Doug Werth's long experience with planning and zoning issues. Our community is also facing some of the same social ills as larger cities (drugs, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, etc.). Once again I feel more comfortable with Doug Werth's experience as a county prosecutor and as a long-time victims advocate.

For most of us, judges are more visible in movies and TV than they are in our own lives; unless, of course, we are victims of criminal activity or defendants in lawsuits. However, as seldom as I expect to be in a courtroom, I have made my choice for Doug Werth.

Len Harlig

Blaine County

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