We have a run off election on July 22nd in a number of important races,
some for U.S Senate, some for U.S. House, some for State School Superintendent,
but the most important races are the races for Superior Court Judge.
In Cobb County we have two fine attorneys, Judge Juanita Stedman and prosecutor
Ann Harris. Judge Stedman has been a judge for over 13 years in the Cobb
Juvenile Court, where not only does she rule on juvenile court cases but
also, one week each month, she sits by designation as a Cobb County Superior
Court Judge. Prosecutor Harris works in the District Attorney's office
where she has been prosecuting felonies for years. She has probably prosecuted
every kind of crime there is in those years. Now, she's looking for
a whole new job.
I know both women. For what they do, I like both women. But when I'm
looking for a judge, Judge Stedman has my support.
Imagine if you have a job opening and one of the applicants is someone
who has been doing that job for 13 years and doing it exceptionally well.
Odds are you'd be quite dim witted to not hire the person who had
already done quite well for 13 years.
Imagine if the job were for a brain surgeon and you could hire someone
who had steadfastly and deftly handled brain surgeries for 13 years or
someone who always responded appropriately when the call came for "scalpel."
I think I'd hire the doctor who had performed 13 years worth of operations,
not the attendant who had only watched it done.
A judge is supposed to judge. That's kind of the core requirement.
If you think about the scales of justice, that is the judge. Those scales
are balanced. That's how our justice system works. Now imagine someone
who wants to be a judge, who has never done it before and who has always
and only come down hard on one side of those scales. Someone with that
disposition, firmly implanted after years of hard core prosecuting,
does not have a balanced scale, rather, it is extremely imbalanced. The justice system will not work.
And finally, Superior Court judges judge on many kinds of cases. They have
exclusive jurisdiction over felony crimes, yes, but that is less than
half of what they do. They also have exclusive jurisdiction over family
law matters and matters involving real property such as your very home.
They also hear cases on just about every other issue known to human kind.
If you can name it, odds are they hear it.
So when a prosecutor tells you that she has experience and, contrasting
it with a Juvenile Court judge who has sat as a Superior Court Judge for
over 13 years, the prosecutor's experience is "Experience that
matters," what she is out right telling you is that only criminal
law matters. If you need a competent, fair judge to hear a divorce or
a child custody case, too bad. That doesn't matter. If you need a
competent, fair judge to decide a dispute over land or homes, too bad.
That doesn't matter. If you need a competent, fair judge to decide
critical election matters, oh well. That doesn't matter. Personal
injury, piffle. Employment discrimination, worthless fodder.
For Prosecutor Harris, the only experience that matters is criminal law.
That's the only experience she's got. Nothing else is worth her
time of day.
Cobb County does not need a judge who believes that only criminal law matters.
Cobb County needs a judge who knows the job, who has performed it excellently
for more than a decade and who understands that everything that Superior
Court Judges are called upon to decide, matters.
Judge Juanita Stedman has the experience that matters. All of it.
For the sake of our County, for the sake of the justice system, for the
sake of our citizens, I'm asking you to vote for Judge Stedman in
this election run off.