What are your qualifications to be a justice of the peace?
Residency is one important aspect to meet qualification for this office. During the years as an elected official, along with my current municipal court judge appointment (1999 to present), my voter’s registration and actual residence address has remained unchanged.
Being a conservative pro-law judge is another important attribute in maintaining consistency while ensuring fairness. These important qualities promote confidence among the community and are key elements in a character of an effective judge, which those traits qualify me to serve in this office.
How can you develop relations with fellow justices of the peace to benefit the residents of the county?
Cooperation among the justices of the peace begins with a mutual respect for one another, which is fundamental for any quality relation. We have to value each other’s ideas and input while being accountable for every word we say. We have to welcome a diversity mind set to accept different opinions and opposing ideas. Collectively, we must command an open communication platform whose foundation is firm on intellectual honesty.
How do you see your role as a justice of the peace?
An effective Justice of the Peace role is compared to an umpire, a neutral and impartial mediator who favors no plaintiff or defendant. As judge I do not legislate policy or make laws. As judge I do not decide cases based on policy or personal preferences or for political gain. As judge I’m not pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant or pro-prosecution or pro-defense or pro-law enforcement. I will continue to serve as a conservative pro-law judge.
How can your office have a positive effect on the community?
With over eighteen years in city public service, public confidence was gained through council’s legislative policies that improved our community economically while enacting budgetary strategies that met financial goals. In a judicial role and as a conservative pro-law judge, I will continue to serve the community by applying American Rule of Law fairly and ensure equal rights to the poor and to the rich. Pro-law promotes confidence in our judicial system to compel fairness, equitable and transparency; these attributes drive a positive effect on our community.
Does an integrated approach that includes school, family, law enforcement work best for the youth of the county?
In a judiciary role, the opportunity is available to interact with our community of all ages, both in a courtroom setting or outside the courtroom. Providing our youth with a mutual respectful environment while preserving their dignity is important, while remaining firm that the consequence is in the best interest of justice. When juveniles or minors are involved, the goal of the judge is to provide a challenge to change negative behavior and/or change a negative mind set they may have towards school, family members or law enforcement by providing options and firmly explaining the consequences. Integrating the parents or guardians is a vital approach to ensure success in any arena and serves in the best interest of all.