Former state Supreme Court chief justice Gerry Alexander is speaking Wednesday [May 21] in Lacey at the monthly luncheon of the Thurston County Mainstream Republicans. The group meets at noon at Hawks Prairie Restaurant off Marvin Road, and Alexander is expected to talk about his time on the high court from 2000 to 2010.
Alexander, a moderate, has lifetime ties to South Sound and had a more than 38 year career as a judge, beginning in 1973 with the Superior Court that formerly served both Mason and Thurston counties. He went on to the Court of Appeals in 1985 and was elected to the Supreme Court in 1994.
He kept serving as justice until hitting the mandatory retirement age of 75 in 2011. From 2001 to 2010 he had also served as chief justice, being succeeded after his retirement by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen. Alexander revealed his affinity for the GOP during the 2012 governor's race when he publicly backed Rob McKenna.
Admission to the talk is $2.00 per person, and attendees pay for lunches ordered off the menu. Those planned to attend are asked to call TCMR's Dorothy Milhollin at 360-456-2992.