I was raised in a family where we were encouraged to take action and be part of the solution, as opposed to just complaining about what is wrong and doesn’t seem to work. Dad was active in local and state democratic politics. My mother worked both in the State House for Governor Herter, and later in the US Capitol for the Eisenhower Administration. My parents taught us by example. When my youngest sister Terri, who had Down Syndrome, was born, there were few or no resources providing education and support for children with special needs. Instead of complaining, my mother led others to form the “Peabody Parent’s of Children with Special Needs.” Through their leadership, policy changed for the good of all students.
I feel it is now time for me to step up and take a position of leadership and responsibility. There is a lot more right with our State than is wrong with it. Let’s work together for more progress. With your vote, I would like to be part of the solution.
Accountability of both the Governor’s Council, as well as the appointed justices.
Let’s keep the 6th and 7th amendments vibrant and make sure we use common sense in vetting our judges. Judicial appointments should be neither a rubber stamp by the Governor’s Council, nor should the individuals be unfairly scrutinized. I’d like to help insure a balance.
CIVILITY AND FAIR-MINDEDNESS
Civility and Fair-mindedness Hearings should be a place to learn about potential justices, not a time for political embarrassment and humiliation. I would work to restore an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Transparency I believe it is in the public’s best interest to know who has applied for various Judicial appointments, not just the final candidate.
COMMUNICATION AND TEAMWORK
Communication and teamwork is what is needed for the Judicial system to function properly. Our regional representatives in law enforcement support the need to fill court vacancies with competent and qualified candidates that reflect the communities we serve.
I will work to insure that the Governor’s administration understands the needs of the area, and also understands that people of the 5th District have the talent and ability to fill vacancies from within our own communities.