Wes always will do the right thing

I support the candidacy of Wes Williams for judge of the 10th Judicial District encompassing Union and Wallowa counties. I have known Wes as a colleague and neighbor for 20 years. In that period I have seen him weather good times and bad, family tragedies and difficult demanding cases.

One particular episode stands out which demonstrates why Wes is the best candidate. With the assistance of the late Milo Pope, he defended a Union County man charged with more than 40 felony counts. Given the number and complexity of the charges, a special prosecutor from Salem was brought in by the state.

The client ran out of funds to pay for his defense long before trial. Wes tackled the case with focus, intelligent delegation of tasks and an enormous capacity for hard work.

The trial was a week-long ordeal, but Wes was able to juggle the demands of preparing for each day’s trial, keeping his client’s spirits up and running the nonstop demands of the remainder of his busy law practice. The case concluded with “not guilty” verdicts on every charge, an incredible victory against enormous odds.

Wes doesn’t give up, he doesn’t hesitate to do the right thing even at risk to his own financial position, and he can be convinced to change his position if a persuasive fact-based argument is presented to him.

Wes will bring integrity, vast legal experience, and the work habits bred of an upbringing on an Oregon farm to the position

Charles H. Gillis

La Grande

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