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Attorney eyes judgeship

A third Nevada County attorney has stepped forward to try for Superior Court Judge Carl Bryan’s seat on the bench in the June election, according to the latest report from the county’s Clerk-Recorder Office.

“I am thinking about it. I want to see if I can garner up some support,” said Timothy Jensen of his plans to run for the office. “I have practiced law for 29 years; I would consider it an honor to finish out my career as a judge.”

Jensen pulled his initial paperwork Tuesday, which will enable him to gather signatures in lieu of paying the candidate filing fee. The first day to officially declare candidacy for the June election is Monday. If he opts to run, he will face Raymond Shine and Thomas Anderson – the two other contenders who have already announced they will seek the office.



Bryan has already announced he will not seek re-election.

Jensen is an Auburn-based lawyer who has lived in Nevada County off Lime Kiln Road since 1990, when he moved from Hayward with his wife and secretary, Kim O’Donovan.




His specialty is civil law, with an emphasis in real estate issues – something that he said would be an asset to the bench and a compliment to the skills that Judge Robert Tamietti – a former civil attorney – brought when he was first elected. Tamietti is also seeking re-election, although no candidates have stepped forward to challenge his position.

“Being a civil attorney, I think the civil disputes need good attention too,” he said. “I notice a lot of judges are generally pulled from the ranks of the district attorney office.”

Jensen said he decided to run for Bryan’s seat because “it is a seat that opened up. I wouldn’t want to run against the other sitting judges. They are both excellent.”

As for his goals if he is elected, Jensen said, “I would like to ensure that justice is met, I think we should be hard on criminals. I think a judge has got to be very neutral, knowledgeable and even-handed.”

Jensen said he and his wife lead pretty private lives and, if he decides to run, he plans to spend the coming months reaching out to more people, knocking on doors, and letting people know more about who he is.

And while he is a registered Republican, Jensen said “I am not political at all. I am a Republican because of my parents. I think I am more neutral, I see some good in both parties.”

To contact staff writer Brittany Retherford, e-mail brit tanyr@theunion.com or call 477-4247.


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