From the daily archives: Thursday, January 5, 2012

By Luke Phillips

Long-time Holtville resident and prominent Imperial Valley attorney Brooks Anderholt announced Wednesday that he will be running for the office of Imperial County Superior Court Judge.

Anderholt says he’s practiced all different types of law for the past 25 years, from civil law and probate to estate planning, real property, insurance defense and more, and he says that it’s this experience that uniquely qualifies him for the office of Superior Court Judge.

“I’ve got real broad experience,” Anderholt said. “There’s nothing that would come before me in state court that I haven’t at least done some work in or been exposed to in my career. The learning curve won’t be as steep as some of the others that may run. At my age and with my experience I feel that I can be an excellent judge.”

Anderholt says that if he is elected he would serve as an “open-minded and fair, but firm” judge.

“If you get on the bench with those qualities and throw in a little compasion, I think that anybody that appears in front of you, even if they’ve lost, they want to leave the courtroom knowing they’ve had an opportunity to be heard.”

Anderholt was born in Calexico, the grandson of one of the original Imperial Valley pioneers, and was raised in Holtville, graduating from Holtville High School in 1972. He went on to graduate from Imperial Valley College before attending San Diego State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1982 and continued his education at Western State University. He passed the California bar exam in 1987 and became a practicing attorney the same year.

Anderholt spent several years as a law enforcement officer, first serving as a reserve police officer for the city of Holtville under chief Coy Taylor before moving on to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office for seven years.

After retiring from law enforcement, Anderholt taught U.S. History and Law Enforcement at Calexico High School and occasionally taught criminal justice at IVC and SDSU.

Anderholt joined the law firm of David Dodson in 1988 and eventually formed his own practice with partner Tom Story in 1990.

Anderholt has been very active in communities activities over the years as a member of the Holtville Rotary Club since 1988. He is also a past president of the Imperial Valley Swiss Club and served 11 years with the local Little League as an umpire and board member. He’s also provided free legal work to local non-profits such as Turning Point, Neighborhood House and Between Women and helped to form the Holtville Education Foundation.

“I really believe in giving back to the community,” he said.

Anderholt will be holding an informal “no speeches” meet-and-greet at Holt Park on January from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free food and entertainment by Clark Bakers jazz ensemble Standing Room Only. Anderholt encourages members of the public to come down to the park to find out what his campaign is all about.

“At this point in my life I feel that I have a lot to offer to the resident of Imperial County,” he said.

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