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LETTER: Tufte deserves election to North Dakota Supreme Court

When I heard that Justice Dale Sandstrom was retiring at the end of the year, I immediately started thinking about who might succeed him on the North Dakota Supreme Court. The first name that came to mind was Jerod Tufte.

Many friends and colleagues I talked to around the state also volunteered Tufte's name as a natural choice. He has earned a reputation as a vigorous prosecutor conscientious of protecting constitutional rights and as a fair judge who hears people out and promptly issues a decision with a reasoned explanation both sides can understand.

As McKenzie County state's attorney, I'm in court often and am interested in ensuring we have fair and hard-working judges to keep our busy dockets moving. I got to know Tufte when he worked in the governor's office. After he became a judge, we stayed in touch partly because we are both members of the Uniform Law Commission, an organization that provides states with nonpartisan, well-conceived and well-drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state law.

I enthusiastically support Tufte for state Supreme Court and am glad to know Sandstrom will have an able successor.

Jake Rodenbiker

Watford City, N.D.

Rodenbiker is McKenzie County state's attorney.