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Statement of Purpose

Many of you know me as the former Judge of the Maumee Municipal Court where I served for 24 years. During that time I endeavored to balance the safety and justice needs of the community with common sense sentences that helped working families maintain their stability, incomes, and dignity. This included scheduling after-work traffic court sessions as well as implementing blended sentences that combined work release with electronic home monitoring.

I know look forward to a new challenge where I can actively pursue policies that will improve our community for all of our residents. This election will allow me to move from the role of referee to an active player on behalf of families. Seventy percent of the county budget relates to some form of the criminal justice system. My experience as a criminal assistant prosecutor, assistant Attorney General under Lee Fisher, as well as Municipal Judge, will give me the necessary insight to insure that the Board of County Commissioners will make the best decisions possible on behalf of our community. 

There is much to be done to continue the progress we have seen. The challenges require an experienced, balanced, and progressive approach. My criminal justice experience will allow me to work with other elected officials to continue criminal justice reform in our ongoing efforts to reduce minority populations in jail and coordinate efforts across the county to battle the ever expanding opioid epidemic. 

As a former member of UAW Local 1112, I am committed to fighting for Lucas County's working families. As Commissioner, I will work to improve customer service in the inspection and building regulations departments by implementing common-sense efficiencies. I will stand by you on prevailing wages issues and will work to ensure Project Labor Agreements are honored. I will seek to weed out instances of 1099 fraud and worker misclassification. You should also know that I oppose so-called "Right to Work" in any form.

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