From: Dean Nuszloch
I would like to congratulate Judge Thompson on his many years of service as district judge of Winona County. He had a very distinguished career and it is good that he will remain on a part-time basis.
What I do find troubling, good or bad, is the way that Judge Thompson decided to retire. By not waiting to let his term expire normally, it looks to me like he is choosing to manipulate the system so that an outgoing Democratic governor can choose another Democratic judge, which will give that judge an unfair advantage when he comes up for election, which Judge Thompson readily admits. Where I come from that is called “gaming the system.”