Thimm steps up as Douglas County judgeCommunity support led to a tight race for the Douglas County Circuit Court Judge seat held by retiring Judge Michael Lucci.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
Community support led to a tight race for the Douglas County Circuit Court Judge seat held by retiring Judge Michael Lucci.
In unofficial results, Assistant District Attorney Kelly Thimm won the election by 300 votes over District Attorney Dan Blank.
“I’d just like to thank everybody for supporting me,” Thimm said. “It’s a humbling experience, no matter what happens, having the number of people that I’ve had come out to support me.”
Blank, also, thanked the public for their backing.
“In any public service job, you can’t do it without the support of the community and I’ve really felt a lot of support,” he said.
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take the bench without facing off against a seated judge drew two very qualified candidates.
Thimm has served as an assistant district attorney for 12 years.
The Superior native started his campaign for judgeship more than a year ago. He appeared in the Fourth of July Parade, held ice cream socials and reached out to the community.
Blank, an 18-year veteran, threw his hat into the ring in November after being reelected to his first four-year term as district attorney.
For both men, the race has brought them in closer touch with the community. Blank talked of all the phone calls and visits he’s had with friends, acquaintances and those who he has helped or prosecuted.
“It’s been a real positive experience,” he said.
Thimm and his wife, Saranae, have been amazed at all the people who have stood behind them. The assistant district attorney netted endorsements from key unions — Superior police and firefighters, Douglas County deputies and jailers, the probation and parole department, even Judge George Glonek.
“I think it goes to show they have a faith that I have what it takes to be judge,” Thimm said.
The candidates had no regrets about how they ran their campaigns.
“It’s been a hard-fought race,” Thimm said.
“It’s been a real challenge,” Blank said. “A real character builder, as they say.”
The assistant district attorney said he will be “fair but firm” as a judge.
“I’ll try my hardest,” Thimm said.
And Blank said if the vote goes against him, he will pick up the pieces and go on.
“Kelly ran a good, hard campaign and he’s obviously got a lot of support,” Blank said.
And Blank has another four years to serve the community as district attorney.
“This has been a job I’ve enjoyed,” he said. “I’ll give the same quality of service I have for 18 years.”