From Tom Emmer:
“I’ve known Chuck Halverson for more than thirty years since graduating from law school together. Since then, Chuck has become an accomplished attorney and now a first-class jurist. Chuck embodies what every citizen hopes to see when going before a judge, that is a commitment to impartiality and an allegiance to the Constitution and the rule of law.
As much as anything else, Chuck and I share a passion for the work that Treatment Courts do for our communities. We have seen the positive impact they play every day in reducing recidivism, saving taxpayer dollars and changing lives. Chuck truly believes every life is worthy of redemption and that everyone deserves the opportunity to rebuild anew. I’m proud to call Chuck Halverson a friend and hope to see him continue to serve the people of Minnesota’s 9th Judicial District.”
Member of Congress, MN-06
From John Ward:
“Hello. My name is John Ward. I am a former MN State Representative. It was my honor and pleasure to write a reference letter for Judge Charles Halverson when he was appointed to the bench. I am again in full support of his candidacy for election to the bench. Let me tell you why: In my opinion, a Judge needs to have and demonstrate a knowledge of the law and its process. They also should have experience, maturity, calmness, compassion, honesty, and integrity. Judge Halverson has certainly demonstrated ALL of these characteristics. More importantly, a Judge needs to be an exemplary citizen who is involved and connected to their community. Judge Halverson has also displayed these characteristics.
I can also personally attest that Judge Halverson has been a shining light and beacon of hope to individuals and families during some of the darkest times in their lives. Judge Halverson is a GIVER to and for ALL people. He is the kind of Judge we need serving on the bench. That is why I totally support his bid for election to the bench, and I also hope that you too will support him.”
From John R Solien:
“Voters this year will have the opportunity to determine the outcome of two contested District Court judicial elections, one of which involves the incumbent Judge Charles Halverson. In so doing, I hope that voters will look beyond who has the most lawn signs and billboards and focus on the contestants themselves.
It should first be noted that two years ago, Judge Halverson was screened and vetted by the Minnesota Judicial Selection Committee, was recommended for the judgeship, appointed by the Governor, and has been effectively doing the job. This comes to no surprise to me in that I have known Judge Halverson both personally and professionally for over thirty years.
Throughout these years I have witnessed his intelligence, integrity, honesty, compassion, and common sense. I think that voters should know that Judge Halverson understands how important the job is and will continue to work hard at it. I hope this may help you with your decision to re-elect Judge Halverson.”
John R Solien
District Court Judge (retired)
From Jake Brandt:
“Judge Halverson is my choice for judge and the choice of integrity!
Judge Charles Halverson is running to keep his seat as a Ninth Judicial District Judge. That means all of you in northwest Minnesota have a say in this race.
I have known Judge Halverson for many years. I have known him as an advisor and lawyer, as a teammate on the ice and a friend. Judge Halverson is a hardworking, honest family man, who was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2018. Not because of political affiliation, but because he was the most qualified candidate.
He has been working in the Ninth Judicial District for 30+ years. He earned a degree from the University of North Dakota, and his law degree at Hamline University School of Law. He earned the distinction of being named a Criminal Law Specialist. Less than 60 lawyers have earned that distinction of the 16,000+ lawyers in Minnesota. He has considerable experience in family law cases, child protection case, as well as a variety of civil cases.
I ask that you take judicial elections more seriously than you may have in the past. This time it matters. Judge Halverson has the experience, maturity, and integrity that we need from judges in our courtrooms, vote to keep him there. Vote incumbent. #votejudgehalverson. To learn more, go to: judgehalverson.com”
From Barbara Harrington:
“I recently retired after 13 years as an Assistant Cass County Attorney, with 37 years of legal experience. I personally observed the practices of the judicial challengers — County Attorney Ben Lindstrom and James Hughes, Executive Director of the Regional Native Public Defense Corporation. I also regularly appeared in front of Judges Austad and Halverson.
The challengers question the appointment of judges by “St. Paul,” suggesting they do not represent “local values.” Our Constitution, however, requires the Governor to appoint successors to fill judicial vacancies. The Governor may only appoint an attorney who resides within the District, and candidates are vetted by the Minnesota Judicial Selection Committee. This objective process has supplanted the “good old boys” network and ensures that only qualified local candidates are put forward for appointment.
The challengers also imply that the incumbent judges are somehow soft on setting bail. Article 1, Sec. 7 of our Constitution provides that all persons are entitled to bail before conviction. Cass County Courts use a bail evaluation by which objective criteria are reviewed to ensure that similar defendants are treated equally and that public safety concerns are addressed. Most Minnesota counties use a similar tool.
The challengers also suggest that the incumbent judges should send more people to prison. Minnesota judges are required to apply state guidelines when imposing and executing prison sentences. For more information, see https://mn.gov/sentencing-guidelines/about/
I encourage you to vote for Judge Jana Austad and Judge Charles Halverson — judges who follow the law rather than advancing a personal agenda.”
From Josh and Megan Schienbein:
“My husband and I strongly support and believe in Judge Halverson to be retained as Judge. We've known him for many years as a good lawyer and family friend. Then things changed when we needed to save members of our family, and without Judge Halverson as our lawyer, we would not be where we are today as a family.
My cousin lost his life and left behind his two beautiful daughters. On his passing, we learned the two girls were in foster care. We stepped in and wanted them immediately, but due to them being in the system, it was a huge task to get them in our custody and into their forever home in a process in which we did not know the rules. Judge Halverson stepped in and said he would take on our case. Knowing him personally, we were extremely excited to work with him, already knowing the type of attorney and man he is. My husband and I were very eager to get the girls as fast as we could, and we wanted to knock down every door possible as hard as we could.
We were so grateful to have Judge Halverson by our side, talking and leading us through our struggle calmly and rationally. Judge Halverson is a man with great knowledge and patience. He was there for us with any questions we had and always supported and guided us through the court process. He advised us to be patient and persistent. He set a strategy that was ultimately effective.
Judge Halverson was great, and we appreciated all the time and care that he put toward our case. Then he became a Judge in Cass County. We knew that he would be an amazing Judge. He then referred us to a new attorney who would follow the strategy and course he set to get the girls in our home. It all worked. On the day we found out that the girls would be forever ours, he was just as happy as we were!
With the personality, knowledge, and experience displayed by Judge Halverson, we know that he is and will continue to be an important asset to Cass County.”
Josh and Megan Schienbein
From Becca Nathe:
“I worked under Chuck for five years fresh out of college. He was my first “real” boss. He helped mold me into the worker I am today and taught me (almost) everything I know about working in the legal field. He made such an impact on my life, both personal and professional, that my family considers the Halverson’s as extended family. In my experience working under Chuck, he didn’t condemn his clients for their actions. I remember him saying they’re not bad people rather people making bad choices.
Working in criminal law, it’s easy to judge the clientele for their mistakes but Chuck did not. Instead, he mentored them and redirected the ones that listened down a different path in life. I witnessed him change the lives of many, and (I think) the most valued lesson taught to me was the work we do/did was crucial because it impacted the lives of others. Finally, the one catchphrase remains with me and my family today, “expect the worst but hope for the best,” and I think anyone can reference that no matter what their situation in life may be.”
From Tim Bergin
“Please support the reelection of Incumbent Judge Charles Halverson for 9th District 4th Court Justice. Facebook unfortunately can provide a platform to attack and provide misleading information. Therefore, it’s important for me to speak out about someone I’ve known for over 30 years.
The key qualities for a judge are to be fair and impartial, nonpartisan and objective, and experienced in all aspects of the law. Charles practices all of these traits with integrity as well as the demonstrated care and due diligence for all of his previous clients which earned him the rare designation of “Criminal Law Specialist” by 17,000 of his peers of the Minnesota Bar Association. This all translates into his interpretation and treatment of the law.
His experience over 30 years, especially in criminal defense, clearly supports his appointment through the governor selection process, and his recent performance as a sitting justice warrants his reelection.”
From Andrew Shaw:
“The election season is upon us, and choices will be made which directly affect your future. One of the most important is the election of Judges in the 9th Judicial District, which encompasses much of northern Minnesota.
In making your decision it is important to understand that almost all Judges are first appointed by the Governor and not elected. In being appointed, candidates are subjected to an extensive screening process to ensure they are highly qualified for the position and have the necessary temperament, knowledge, and ability to succeed. They are known to be the best persons for the job before assuming the role.
Both of the candidates seated in Walker, Judge Jana Austad and Judge Charles Halverson were appointed through this process and have the excellent abilities necessary for the job which they have demonstrated in their time on the bench. We are fortunate to have such individuals making the decisions which directly affect us as citizens of the northland and we deserve the opportunity to have them continue in that role.
Vote for Judges Austad and Halverson in the November election.”
From Melanie Dotty:
“I have known Judge Halverson for 23 years. When he was a practicing attorney, I saw first-hand how he treated his clients with respect and provided them with exceptional legal representation. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he worked in numerous areas of the law. His knowledge and experience is second to none.
As a local attorney, people frequently ask me about particular judges, especially when one has been assigned to their case. Being involved in a legal matter can be a very stressful experience. I tell people to rest assured if their case has been assigned to Judge Halverson, because he is fair, knowledgeable, and experienced.
The role of a judge is to be nonpartisan and to apply the law to the facts. Even though I have known Judge Halverson for 23 years, I do not know his political beliefs. Yet another quality that makes him a judge with integrity.”
From Larry A. Kimball:
“I write to share my opinion regarding the two non-partisan election contests for District Court Judge, both chambered in Walker. I have practiced law for the last 34 years in the courtrooms of Cass, Itasca, Beltrami, Hubbard and Crow Wing counties. I have appeared before dozens of judges on a wide variety of cases.
My experience with Cass County judges is unique and extensive. I am writing this letter because most voters have little or no experience with the courts, and because I care deeply about judicial integrity.
The best choices in these two contests are the incumbents, the Honorable Jana Austad and the Honorable Chuck (Charles) Halverson. On the ballot they will have the word “incumbent” after their names, as required by Minn. Stat. 204B.36(5). These Judges are qualified, competent and fulfilling the requirements of the position. They have deep local roots, each with decades of legal experience to their credit. Although I don’t always agree with their decisions, I always respect their integrity, courtesy and conscientiousness.
Fortunately, for judicial appointments, there is a lengthy and vigorous vetting process that identifies appropriate candidates, followed by an interview and final selection by the governor. Both Judge Austad and Judge Halverson withstood this scrutiny and were appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton.
I have no desire to disparage their opponents, both of whom are hard-working, competent professionals. Cass County is fortunate to have their services in their current roles. However, the judicial status quo is reliable and effective, and stability in government is a much-needed commodity these days. The incumbents — the Honorable Jana Austad and the Honorable Chuck Halverson — are the best choices.”
From Pete Mogensen:
“I met Judge Halverson when he was a law clerk for Judge Wyatt. My mother worked in the district court office at that time.
I have had the great pleasure of knowing “Chuck” for over 30 years. I am a recovering Alcoholic. I had a bad problem, and that equated to 5 DWI’s. I asked Chuck more than once to represent me in both Cass and Crow Wing counties.
Needless to say, he was a great defense attorney; but on the 5th DWI, he told me in no uncertain terms I needed to quit drinking as he was getting tried of representing me and taking attorney fees from my parents (he actually returned some of the fees the last time).
Chuck was the 1st person that told me and planted the seed nobody wants to hear--that I needed help.
Folks, this person cares about people more than anyone could ever know. He helped save my life. Chuck is passionate about his work and being a 9th Judicial District Court Judge. I am living proof. I am honored to call Judge Halverson my friend.
Please vote for Judge Halverson November 3rd!”
I found myself sitting in a jail cell on a mid-December afternoon in 2016. Embarrassed and scared, I did not know what to do. In a conversation with my wife, she asked what attorney to call. Having not ever been in this situation before, I had no idea who to contact. My wife called me the next morning and said she had called Chuck Halverson. I’m so thankful she did! He met with me that next morning and gave me that comforting presence that I needed in that moment. Little did I know that he was going to be by my side for the next year. I had monthly court appearances while things were getting sorted through. Chuck kept me informed every step of the way. He has a vast knowledge of the law and legal system.
Not one time did I go to or leave the courtroom surprised. Chuck made certain that my family and I were informed and all of our concerns addressed. If all of that wasn’t enough, he always made my family and I feel like he was a close family friend, asking how my wife and family were holding up through the process and making them feel at ease. I would not have been able to make it through that if it was not for him. Chuck is a hard-working, knowledgeable, compassionate, and caring lawyer. I’m excited to see him continue to bring those qualities to the bench as Cass County Judge!”
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