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Litchfield announces he’ll run for judge

Attorney Bob Litchfield has declared his bid for Nevada County Superior Court judge.

Litchfield is a West Point graduate and former Air Force Captain who earned his law degree from McGeorge Law School of the University of the Pacific in 1980. He operated a law office in Grass Valley from 1986 to 1998, when he moved his practice to Auburn.

He joins two other candidates, Michael Colantuono and Ray Shine, in the race for first district Nevada County Superior Court Judge. Incumbent Carl Bryan, who has served on the Nevada County bench for more than two decades, announced he will not run for re-election in 2006.

A third potential candidate is area attorney Timothy Jensen, who has spoken about the possibility of running for county judge. However, Jensen’s name is not on the Clerk and Recorder’s most recent list of candidates and he did not return phone calls Friday.

According to the Clerk and Recorder’s office, the March 10 deadline for filing as a candidate will likely be extended to March 15 because the incumbent is not running.

Litchfield ran for a Nevada County Superior Court Judge position in 1996, eventually losing to Judge Kathleen Butz. He said his previous campaign was a stressful experience. However, he said he gained “a sense of the basic goodness” among Nevada County residents during the process which inspired him to run again.

He said one the main reasons he decided to enter the campaign is that as a judge he would “get an opportunity to turn a person’s life around.”

Litchfield specializes in Civil Law, such as estate planning and business, and said he also has experience in criminal and family law.

He is a registered Republican, but the judgeship is a non-partisan office.

As for significant local issues, Litchfield said he’s a strong proponent of the drug court and peer court, although that may not distinguish him from other candidates.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Litchfield owns Wings of Angels Publishing, which publishes books he authors. One of his most recent publications is The Incredible Sex and Popcorn Diet, which Litchfield said is a guide to making long-term love relationships work.

Although he currently goes on book-signing tours and delivers inspirational speeches at churches, Litchfield said he “may have to give that up” if he wins the election.


To contact the staff writer Josh Singer, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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