courtesy. compassion. commitment.

my pledge to you

why i’m running

It is my firm belief that every individual who comes before the courts should have equal access to our justice system without regard to race, gender, financial status, or pedigree.  Every person should be afforded the opportunity to stand before a judge who is impartial and fair.  This is imperative to uphold one of the basic tenets of our Republic—”Justice for All.”  As your next State Court Judge, my promise is to serve the community with humility, fairness, and impartiality.

From early childhood we are all taught that the flag of the United States of America symbolizes some of the basic tenets upon which our country was founded—“… one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  However, over the course of my life from childhood to becoming an adult and practicing law for more than 17 years, I have learned that, in reality, the scales of justice are often unbalanced and that, in practice, justice is not always blind. If afforded the privilege to serve as a judge, my pledge is to follow the law and to mete out justice in a fair and even-handed manner.  I am committed to making a difference and to continuing to serve the community with professionalism and integrity as a State Court Judge.

I believe that, along with my professional experience, my life experiences growing up poor in Tarboro, a small town in Eastern North Carolina, have uniquely qualified me to run for a Gwinnett County State Court seat which will open with the retirement of a respected and esteemed member of the bench in 2020.  Every person who comes before the court deserves to be treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect whether he or she is before the court for a criminal matter, a divorce, a business dispute, a personal injury, or any other legal matter.  Growing up in a Christian home, my parents instilled in me the importance of being courteous and compassionate toward everyone.  These values will serve me well if afforded the opportunity to humbly serve the citizens of Gwinnett County as a State Court Judge with an eye toward that elusive, age-old concept of “Justice for All”.

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