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April 24, 2020

Why I am Running

I am running for Montgomery County Probate Judge because I believe that I am the most qualified person to be Probate Judge. The probate court is not your typical court. It deals with numerous and complex social issues. It requires experience. Having served as a Probate Magistrate for almost twelve years, I have both the knowledge and experience necessary for the position.  As a trained mediator for the court, including advanced training in Elder Mediation and Elder Care Coordination I have worked to find alternatives to contested court hearings. I have performed almost every aspect of probate court.

 I have been in Public Service for most, if not all, of my legal career. I want to continue my public service career and hopefully impact positively the lives of those who come before me. I believe I have shown that I have the proper bench demeanor and have built the reputation for treating all those that come before me with the respect and fairness they deserve.

Probate court is responsible for protecting some of society’s most vulnerable individuals. I want to be  positioned to help those suffering from severe mental health issues; help protect the elderly and mentally challenged from abuse and neglect though guardianship; and see that children can find forever homes through adoptions.  Also, more recently, to help those suffering from chronic alcoholism and drug addiction receive necessary treatment. 

I also believe that it is important to give back to the community. My continued commitment to the Montgomery County community is shown by my work creating the nationally acclaimed Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project along with past and present board membership on a wide variety of community organizations. Being Probate Judge will allow me to continue to help the community address systemic problems facing the vulnerable citizens coming before the probate court. 

I am running for probate judge to continue to make a difference in the lives of and protect some of the most vulnerable individuals in Montgomery County. I am running for probate judge to use my experience and knowledge to make sure the probate court efficiently and expedisoly handles all the numerous probate matters.