I had a lovely chat with retired Associate Supreme Court Justice Esther Tomljanovich this morning. I am delighted to say that, after getting to know me, Justice Tomljanovich agreed to support me in my race for Hennepin County District Judge. Justice Tomljanovich was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Rudy Perpich in 1990, after having served for 13 years as a state trial judge in Washington County. She served on the Supreme Court until 1998. Since then, she has been involved with various boards and organizations.
Justice Tomljanovich was kind enough to pose for this photo with me on her back porch:
Justice Tomljanovich and Brian Hagerty pose for a photo on her back porch
As I explain in my detailed career history, before I went to law school, I ran a cybercafe in Uptown for several years. I was fortunate to have some terrific employees, and I’ve stayed in touch with many of them. Although they owe me absolutely nothing, a number of my former employees were among the first people to sign up as supporters, and—without any prompting from me—they said some very kind things. On Facebook, Andy Schwich said:
Brian C. Hagerty is a fine man. He was an exceptional boss and friend when I worked at CyberX so many years ago. He is running for Hennepin County District Judge in Minneapolis. Pop over to his site and get to know him yourself. Help him out if you can. Share his page and give him your vote. He’d make a great judge.
Gina Strattner said:
Although I don’t live in Minneapolis any more, I still consider it my home. As a former employee of Brian’s, I have the unique experience of being able to vouch for Brian’s excellent ability to manage and organize a successful business, as well as be an unbiased mediator when dealing with various issues amongst employees, customers, etc. I fully endorse Brian as the next Hennepin County District Judge!
And Andy LeMay said:
Brian was a great owner and boss, and it’d be an honor to support him.
These folks don’t know me as a lawyer, but they know me as a person. I’m humbled and gratified at their expressions of support.
To my surprise, I got a voice mail yesterday morning—Tuesday, June 3 (the last day for a candidate to file)—from a stranger saying that he saw that I had filed to run for judge, and asking me to call him.
As it turned out, the caller wanted to know if I was interested in the Republican endorsement. Apparently the party knew that another person in the race was a Democrat, and the party was looking for someone to endorse.
I politely said no. Judges aren’t always above politics, but they should be. So although I’ll be seeking personal endorsements, I won’t seek or accept partisan endorsements, whether from the Republicans, the DFL, or anyone else. (Not to mention that the DFL doesn’t actually endorse judicial candidates.)