What are your core beliefs? Could you tell the voting public a little bit about yourself?
I suppose, to some degree, I fit the profile of the classic conservative jurist. I believe that judges should read the law as it is written or ruled on in prior precedent. Philosophically, my view is slightly more of a libertarian, in that I believe that the government that governs best governs least. I am pro-life, and pro-second amendment As a judicial candidate I must add that first and foremost, it is my duty in all instances to uphold the law regardless of personal views.
What are your qualifications for Ohio County Magistrate? Directly to the point, why should we vote for you?
I would sum up my answer as the three E's, education and experience, and enthusiasm.
Education: I have a Bachelor's degree in history from West Liberty State College and I am a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy. To my knowledge, only one of my opponents has graduated from the academy and only one has anything more than an undergraduate degree. I took what I was taught at both of those fine institutions and used it professionally, and continued to grow and learn.
Experience: I had 25 years of local law enforcement experience on the streets of Wheeling, both as a patrol officer and a supervisor. During those years I had multiple opportunities to work at nearly every type of crime scene that I might preside over as a magistrate. That includes lots of first-hand dealings with victims, perpetrators, and witnesses, both friendly and hostile. Let me add that over that span at various points I had the role of, a witness, the arresting officer, and even the victim! I logged a lot of years out there as a foot soldier in the vineyards of vice, enforcing the law, to quote the old Johnny Cash song, "In the mud, blood, and the beer."
Beyond that I truly understand the difficulty in sorting out what really happened, as well as collecting what are at times conflicting statements and evidence, in very often confusing and still-fluid circumstances of a crime scene. Of my five opponents, three of them have virtually none of that sort of experience. Of the two that do, my time in law enforcement nearly matches theirs combined.
Enthusiasm: I'll bring a fresh set of eyes, a good attitude, and newcomer's delight coupled with a love of learning to the job. Each case that comes before me will have my full attention, and I will always strive to improve my performance as a jurist. In short, if you see fit to elect me, I'll work hard to get up to speed quickly, give you a fair and impartial forum, and not take your trust for granted.