Two more enter race for superior court judge |

Two more enter race for superior court judge

Two more candidates have officially entered the race for Nevada County Superior Court judge. Public defender Tom Anderson and area attorney Tim Jimsen each declared themselves as candidates for the seat Monday.

Anderson has worked as Nevada County public defender since 2000. He said there is a “need for continuity” in the Nevada County courtroom with the retirement of Judge Carl Bryan, II, and that his experience makes him well suited to fill the seat.

He said he has five years of previous experience as a judge, serving as a temporary judge in San Francisco County and a temporary administrative law judge for the California Office of Administrative Hearings. He earned his law degree in 1981 from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.

Anderson said he would bring a good “judicial temperament” to the bench. If elected, he said he would like to help “increase the effectiveness” of programs such as the juvenile drug court and mental health court, which he said he helped to create.

Jensen also affirmed his intention Monday to run.

“I would like to conclude my career as a judge,” said Jensen, who has been practicing law for more than 29 years, specializing in civil law with an emphasis on real estate.

Jensen said he would like to emulate Bryan for his “quick, right-on decisions.”

Bryan, who has served on the Nevada County bench for more than two decades, announced he would not run for re-election this year. Jensen would be the fifth candidate to join the race for first district judge.

Jensen said that as a judge, he would be tough on criminals, tracing this philosophy back to his father, a police officer.

He said he has not yet filed the official paperwork to run in the election but will “before the time’s out.”

According to the Clerk and Recorder office, the March 10 deadline for filing as a candidate for Nevada County Superior Court judge will be extended to March 15 because the incumbent is not running.

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

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