I had the pleasure of serving on the Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission with Doug Werth for three years, including while he served as chair. Doug is now running in the nonpartisan election for 5th District judge, to be held May 25.
I was always impressed with Doug's management of Planning and Zoning hearings. Whether they were simple matters or complicated and contentious, Doug clearly evaluated the issues on the basis of the standards delineated by county ordinances. He is experienced and gifted at following hearing protocol and managing proceedings and testimony. I believe he would manage a courtroom in a similar manner: fairly, respectfully and following the law. Doug came to meetings prepared, having read the often voluminous materials required for applications and other matters. He was attentive to public comments in his evaluation of each issue.
I know Doug Werth to be committed, fair-minded and experienced: his entire career has been marked by public service, whether serving as deputy attorney general, prosecuting attorney, volunteer for community organizations or Planning and Zoning Commission chair. In addition to working as a trial attorney for over 20 years, he has initiated and testified in support of important legislation benefiting victims of crime and addressing family violence issues.
As a person who cares about Blaine County and its residents, I encourage voters to support Doug Werth for 5th District judge on May 25.