David Goldthorpe, a prosecutor in Clatsop County, has announced his candidacy to replace Circuit Court Judge Philip Nelson, who is retiring when his term ends next year.

Goldthorpe has worked for nearly six years with the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office and previously worked as a law clerk for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Jerry Hodson. He also spent a year as a corrections officer in Idaho.

Goldthorpe, who lives in Warrenton, serves as a part-time legal instructor at the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training academy in Salem. He previously was an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Clatsop Community College.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Willamette University.

“As much as I love my work, being a prosecutor was never the ultimate goal for my career in public service,” he said in a statement. “From as far back as my teenage years, I remember looking up to and respecting the role of judge in our society: a person who devotes their life to helping resolve our disputes in a just and reasonable manner, a person who upholds the Constitution and the laws of the people, a person who shows mercy when necessary and a heavy hand when required, a person who can apply wisdom and sound decision making to every situation.”

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