Rainier attorney Jonathan Sprouffske last week announced his campaign for a judicial seat in Thurston County Superior Court.
Sprouffske, an attorney with Connolly Tacon and Meserve, plans to run for the position currently occupied by Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch.
Hirsch plans on retiring at the end of her term in January. She currently serves on the Family and Juvenile Court.
In an interview with the Nisqually Valley News, Sprouffske said he had been considering a run for a seat on the bench for quite some time. He currently serves as a commissioner pro tem with the court and has previously served as judge pro tem with Thurston County District Court.
“I knew it would be a good opportunity to give back to the community … Just seems like a good time to run to fill that vacant position,” he said.
Sprouffske graduated from Rainier High School in 2000 and went on to study at Saint Martin’s University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
He went on to earn his doctorate in 2007 from Seattle University School of Law, but his heart stayed with his family and friends in Thurston County, he said.
“I knew that I wanted to remain in Thurston County and be involved in the community here,” he said.
In addition to his work as a pro tem, Sprouffske is hoping to leverage his experience practicing law to win over voters.
Sprouffske’s current practice focuses on real estate planning, probate, bankruptcy and business law. He is also involved in civil litigation and represents businesses involved with incorporation and collections matters.
“I have a pretty varied background … I’ve practiced quite a few areas of law, and I think that gives me a more generalized experience that would serve the court pretty well,” Sprouffske said.
In his practice, Sprouffske has been awarded multiple peer-selected accolades, his press release states.
Locally, Sprouffske currently serves as a fire commissioner on the Southeast Thurston Fire Authority in addition to his pro tem work and working his practice out of Olympia. He’s served as the authority’s chair for the last eight years.
He’s also a director and shareholder in his family-owned Christmas Tree farm, Sprouffske Trees, located in Rainier. The business has operated out of rural Thurston County for more than a half-century.
Judge Hirsch was originally voted onto the eight-seat bench back in 2006. Prior to her election, she served as a part-time commissioner for the Family and Juvenile court for more than 14 years.