I would like to thank the Herald-Leader for taking the time to cover the race for 3rd Division district judge and for giving me the opportunity to respond to their comments.
Due to my experience as an assistant county attorney and my work in criminal defense, I am extremely qualified to serve as district judge. The May 11 endorsement contained an inaccuracy. Judge Maria Ransdell actually has not served as a prosecutor.
I am the only candidate in this race who has prosecution experience. Between 2001 and 2006, I personally prosecuted over 60,000 traffic, misdemeanor and felony cases in Fayette District Court.
Since that time, I have worked in private practice, with the majority of my work devoted to criminal defense. While Kim Wilkie has also done some criminal defense work, much of his career has been devoted to defending insurance companies against personal injury claims.
I am the only candidate who has seen district court from both sides of the table. I will bring that experience to the bench. Lexington needs a district court judge who can navigate the tremendous volume of cases in a fair and efficient manner.
Our community needs a judge who allows the prosecution, defense, clerk, probation officer and sheriff to do their jobs without unnecessary interference.
Due to my extensive district court experience and my commitment to establishing a productive and professional courtroom, I am the best choice for Lexington's 3rd Division district judge.