I echo the comments of Jennifer Alton (Letters, Feb. 8) on Judge Hernaldo Baltodano who, after being vetted for seven months and then appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, is now being challenged in an upcoming election.
More than the fact that Judge Baltodano is well-qualified and well-respected as a Superior Court judge, he exemplifies how we, as a country of immigrants, can overcome adversity and through hard work earn the respect of our peers, succeed in business and achieve our dreams.
Judge Baltodano is an inspiration. He was born in Nicaragua and at a very early age moved to the United States with his parents who escaped a country spiraling into civil war. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school, the first in his family to graduate from college, during which he became a citizen of the United States. He went on to law school at UC Berkeley, practiced law admirably for more than a decade and a half, and is now our Superior Court judge.
We should be proud to have a person of this caliber and diverse background serving our community as a judge. He has my vote.
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Scott Radovich, San Luis Obispo