Three candidates for County Court Judge have submitted their names for consideration. Two candidates, for the Republican, Independent and Conservative nominations will be decided at the primary election on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. The winner will face off against the Democratic, Working Families and Independence parties nominee in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 general election. Whoever wins will fill the post for the next ten years and preside over the County, Family and Surrogate Courts.
All of us eligible to vote should take our decision very seriously. This is no popularity contest or voting for the “nice guy.” It is a vote for a person who will dispense justice in a fair, considered and impartial manner. How should I decide as a voter who is the best person to fill this job and mete out justice for the next ten years? Should I count the number of signs placed around the county, or the number of stickers on motor vehicles to help my decision? Or the letters to the editor as to who is for McBride and who is for the other two candidates? That would not be a smart thing to do for a job that will affect our lives for the next ten years.
As a business woman I rely on my experience, information and data to make decisions. I will apply the same discipline to my choice for County Court Judge. None of the candidates have ever before been a county judge, so I will have to rely on other information to make my choice. First of all, I am personally familiar with the other two candidates. The best suited person for this job is Joe McBride; on a personal basis, I have known Joe for many years, and he is a good man. On a professional basis, Joe demonstrates most of the qualities that a job of this magnitude requires, his knowledge and experience, Integrity, honesty, accuracy, professionalism, compassion, humility, fairness; these are all qualities that will make him the better judge!
His experience as legal professional in front of a judge is one of the most important data I have on which I also base my decision. By far the most experienced is Mr. McBride who, in his career as Chenango District Attorney has conducted 65 jury trials. This compares one candidate who has conducted two jury trials in a twenty one year span, and one candidate who has conducted one jury trial under the guidance of another attorney. I know that jury trials is not what most of this job entails, but it has been a great training ground to set the foundation for Joe McBride to be the better judge. Based on this data I have made my choice. Like myself, I urge voters of Chenango County to vote for Mr. McBride on November 6th.