Dear Citizens of Mecklenburg County:
Thank you for visiting my website. I hope the information presented will assist you in making an informed decision. With the support of my family, friends, and fellow members of our legal community, I am happy to announce formally my candidacy for Mecklenburg County District Court Judge.
We won! On March 15, 2016, the registered voters of Mecklenburg County voted me in to face the incumbent in the general election on November 8, 2016. We could not have done it without a huge grassroots effort seeing that we were outspent in dollars approximately 5 to 1. The people have spoken and I am proud to run this race and represent my supporters.
Now that I am a candidate, people frequently ask me, “What is the single most important trait that a person running for this office should possess?” I say the answer is fairness. Our entire judicial process, the underlying foundation of American due process, and the Constitutional framework of our legal system is based upon this one fundamental principle – the law is to be applied to all fairly, regardless of race, age, income, or status. I am convinced that fairness begins with knowing the law, understanding the law, and then applying the law to the case at hand in a manner that is consistent, equitable, and just.
During the past twelve years, I have handled thousands of cases. I have dealt with traffic, DWI, misdemeanor, and felony cases and most have been in District Court, the same court in which I am seeking a judicial seat. Additionally, I have appealed numerous criminal cases to Superior Court thereby gaining valuable jury trial experience. I have won an appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals on a family law matter involving service of process by publication. See Chen v. Zou, N.C. Ct. App. No. 15-228 (2015).
In 2004 while working as a clerk for the Honorable David Pugh of the 7th Judicial Circuit Court, I learned one of many valuable lessons. People need to be able to tell their story. They may be right. They may be wrong. They may even be misled, but when it comes to their day in court, they have a right to tell their story. As your judge I solemnly promise that every individual who comes before the court will be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their race, ethnicity, age, income, or social status.
DISTRICT COURT REFORM
As your District Court Judge I would advocate for the following:
- Better Access to Judges
- All Persons Must Be Treated With Respect
- There Can Be No Pandering to Any Group or Individual
- The Judge Must Be a Team Player
- There Can Be No Rush to Judgment
- Fairness Must Prevail During Every Part of the Judicial Process
If elected I will always strive to transcend the space that separates the people from judges. I would like to be the most approachable judge in the courthouse. I wish to let attorneys and members of the public know that they will not need to be intimidated when they walk into the courtroom. I will balance this with keeping very professional relationships with attorneys, keeping order in the court, and allowing both sides to be heard equally and represented.
JOIN OUR TEAM
I want to give you the opportunity to join our campaign. This judicial seat has not been opposed in a general election. I am embarrassed to report that of the 12 judicial races, only 2 out of 12 races involve an incumbent being contested. To ensure that your voice is heard, I am asking you to first educate yourself on all of the candidates and please VOTE on November 8th!
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter of intent. I would appreciate your help and I very much look forward to meeting you personally on the campaign trail.
Ring the BELL for CHANGE.
Very Truly Yours,
mecklenburg county district court judge candidate
For Mecklenburg County
District Court Judge