Charlevoix’s Ed Engstrom running for Charlevoix 33rd Circuit judgeship


Megan Wilson

Contributing Writer

Ed Engstrom of Charlevoix is the latest candidate for the 33rd Circuit Judicial race to be featured in the Boyne City Gazette’s ongoing series.

Engstrom has been practicing law for 25 years throughout the state of Michigan, and is currently practicing at Berren & Engstrom, PLC.

“I received my law degree from the Detroit College of Law, now known as Michigan State University,” said Engstrom. “After I graduated I practiced law in the courts across Michigan—I’ve been to both civil and criminal courts, even federal courts.”

Engstrom believes that his current profession is similar to a judicial one, and that’s what has helped to influence his decision to run.

“I have been before almost 100 judges in my career, and I’ve been intrigued as to how they can help people,” said Engstrom. “Being an attorney, I help people as well but it’s one-sided; it’s just in my blood to help people.”

Engstrom was born in Charlevoix and is a graduate of Charlevoix High School.

Dedication to work and getting the job done right are the strengths that Engstrom believes he has to fulfill the job requirements for the County.

“If you ask any of my past employers, they would say, when I take a job, I get it done on time—I don’t procrastinate,” said Engstrom. “I’ve been in 13 different circuit courts. I’ve been in 26 different district courts. I have a great deal of experience that I feel puts me in front of the other candidates.”

Engstrom believes that patience is one of the best qualities that will make him a good judge.

“Over the years, when you run into difficult cases, you gain a lot of patience. A lot of cases you’re waiting. I have gained tremendous patience over the years,” said Engstrom. “My patience stops, however, when someone is not using common sense.”
He added, “I feel that I can balance letting people say their peace while controlling the courtroom.”

Engstrom has two children, one is in college at North Central Michigan College and the other is a sophomore at Charlevoix High School.

Candidates for this race will continue to be featured, in no particular order, as space and time is available leading up to the August primary election.

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