(Press Release/Gina Tveit)
District Court Judge Gina Tveit has announced her plans to run for re-election.
“It has been my honor to serve as your District Court Judge for the past nearly 10 years. I was born and raised in Stevens County and I am grateful to have had such a wonderful community to raise my family. I am proud of my Stevens County roots and am dedicated to working hard to protect the quality of life our beautiful community has to offer.”
Judge Tveit points to her extensive legal background which spans nearly three decades to provide her with the necessary experience to make sound legal decisions.
After law school, Judge Gina married her late husband, Steve Tveit, and was proud to return to Steven County to start her legal career. Steve had a forestry degree and he worked for Boise Cascade where he became the Timberlands Manager and was well respected for his work in shaping public policy regarding private landownership and forest practices. Gina and Steve were married for 19 years and had two children, Emily and Alex, before he passed away from brain cancer.
Judge Tveit started her legal career with a broad-based civil practice before accepting a position at the Stevens County Prosecutor’s Office where she worked for 15 years in a variety of positions, including Juvenile Prosecutor, Family Law Prosecutor and District Court Prosecutor. Eventually, Gina was appointed to serve as the Special Felony Drug Prosecutor for Stevens and Ferry Counties, where she successfully prosecuted felony drug crimes. In 2009, Tveit was unanimously appointed to the District Court bench by the Board of County Commissioners.
Later, she met and married Fareon Ferguson, another long-time Stevens County resident. Together, Gina and Fareon have proudly encouraged and supported their children to pursue their educations. In 2017, Emily graduated from college and is now pursuing a graduate program. Alex is a junior at Gonzaga University and Ashley is completing the aesthetics program at the Glen Dow Academy in Spokane.
Judge Tveit states that she has been instrumental in the achievement of many essential District Court Judge programs, including an option for small claims court mediation, a procedure to facilitate the re-licensing of Stevens County drivers and the efficient use of alternatives to incarceration. In addition, Judge Tveit has volunteered in a variety of educational programs throughout the community, including participation in the recent Mock DUI Drill at the Colville High School, presenting at the popular “Law School for Non-Lawyers” series and in the law enforcement training designed to assist officers in preparing their cases for going to court this past year.
According to Judge Tveit, “I am especially proud of my work in establishing the Stevens County Veterans Court. It is through our Veterans Court that I am able to honor the military service of my own grandfather and great-grandfather who fought bravely in WWI and WWII, as well as the many Stevens County veterans and their families who have served and sacrificed greatly.” In fact, Tveit’s grandfather, Merle Enright, spent several years as a POW in WWII where he was forced to work in Japanese labor camps before returning home to his family farm in Kettle Falls at the end of the war.
Judge Tveit expounds, “I respect and honor the judicial office as a public trust and strive to maintain confidence in the legal system. Sometimes it takes grit to do the right thing. My life experience has afforded me the ability to make tough decisions based on the rule of law and the facts of each case that comes before me. Thousands of cases are handled in District Court each year and it is often referred to as ‘the People’s Court.’ I believe I have served the people of this great county with integrity and I would be honored to continue to do so.”