LETTER: Lawyer will vote for Neupert for judge

As a lawyer for many years, I am constantly approached by friends and family about whom to vote for in judicial races.

From personal knowledge, I think the choice is clear: Dave Neupert should be elected to assume Position No. 1 in the Clallam County District Court.

Neupert is a the current pro-tem sitting in that position in Judge Porter’s absence.

In addition, Neupert has 25 years of civil and criminal defence practice mostly in Clallam County.

Both my wife, Jen Gouge, and I are board members of non-profit Peninsula Behavioral Health.

Jen also is a board member of the Peninsula College Foundation.

Dave Neupert is a board member of both.

We personally experience his wise council.

We respect his approach to a wide variety of community challenges including mental illness and addiction; and higher education to prepare our youth for good careers.

He is also a volunteer in other well-known nonprofit organizations, one of which provides funding of services that affect the lives of so many in our community.

In our opinion, Dave Neupert is the most qualified to hold this position, not only because of his experience as a pro-tem judge and lawyer, but also because of his common sense judgment.

Richard Manning,

Port Angeles

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