I served 25 years as the victim services director in Stevens County and recently retired. As a result I was in close contact with the court system and know both Michael Clay and the current judge, Gina Tveit.
Clay’s campaign tactics include publishing ads against his opponent that are not true. He has spent almost $50,000 already – an amazing amount for a rural campaign. But he can say whatever he wants as just a candidate. The Code of Judicial Conduct binds judges but he simply doesn’t get it – ethics, demeanor and character count – even for someone who just wants to be a judge.
The county commissioners unanimously selected Tveit when there was a vacant position for the court. Since then the people elected her. Judge Tveit has been a competent, honest and ethical judge while on the District Court bench for the past five years.
Prior to that, she left private practice with McGrane & Schuerman to become a deputy prosecutor, where she was well-respected for her hard work. Her level of experience and professionalism is what the people of Stevens County deserve and should get.
Re-elect Judge Tveit as District Court judge.