Fink challenges Davis for judge in Primary
Incumbent Roger D. Davis is being challenged by Leah S. Fink in the primary for Superior Court Judge. The winner in the Democratic primary will face Republican candidate John T. Evans in the November General Election. Here is a look at the two Democrat candidates:
Roger Dale Davis
Spouse: Qudsia Davis
Children: Shazia Davis and Raza Davis
School and year graduated: North Harrison High School, 1972
Additional education: Bachelor of Science, business, Indiana University; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Indiana University School of Law
Political affiliation: Democrat
Previous political experience: Elected judge of the Harrison Superior Court since Jan. 1, 1997
Duties of position sought: To interpret and apply the law that governs us independently, fairly and competently
Why are you seeking the office? To help people and serve our community.
What qualifies you for the office? My experience as an attorney and judge.
What do you consider top issues in the campaign? Who will best serve the people in the office of Harrison Superior Court Judge.
What do you see as the No. 1 crime problem in Harrison County? What should be done to solve it? Drug and alcohol abuse. Continue to emphasize both rehabilitation and responsibility for actions.
Do you favor pre-trial diversion? Why? Yes. To give deserving individuals a second chance when they are accused of certain minor offenses for the first time. Pre-trial diversion is controlled by the prosecuting attorney, not the judge.
What one major change needs to be made in the court system? Why? The court system works reasonably well. The people who run any system have a significant impact on how well it functions.
How do you feel about implementing night court? More after-hours court would be in place if there were significant interest in it.
Other comments: It is an honor to serve the people of Harrison County as their judge.
Contact information for voters: 1405 Steam Engine Road SW, Corydon, IN 47112
Leah Stacy Fink
Spouse: Darrin T. Pascoe
School and year graduated: Corydon Central High School, 1982; Indiana University Southeast with B.A. in political science in 1986; University of Louisville, Juris Doctor 1990; licensed to practice in Indiana and Kentucky in 1991.
Political affiliation: Democrat
Previous political experience: First run for political office
Duties of position sought: Harrison Superior Court has concurrent meaning ‘the same’ jurisdiction as Harrison Circuit Court. The current case division between the presiding judges has Superior Court handling all of the adult criminal cases from infractions to felonies, small claims cases and civil cases with damages totaling under $6,000. The duties of a judge include hearing and deciding matters assigned to his/her particular court, except when disqualification is required, and to be faithful to the law and maintain professional competence in it. A judge should not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor or fear of criticism. He/she should require order and proper conduct regarding all proceedings which come before the court, and should be patient, dignified and courteous to all persons he/she deals with in an official capacity.
Why are you seeking the office? I am a lifelong resident of Harrison County, and it is one of my basic political beliefs that periodic change regarding positions of power, such as that of a judge, are important. There has never been more than a two-term elected judge in this county, each term being six years for a total of 12 years. I believe that this has been the case and shall likely continue to be the case because periodic change helps in maintaining the proper balance of power and otherwise enables our system of government to work most effectively.
What qualifies you for the office? I am of the opinion that my greatest talents lie in public service to my community. I have 17 years of legal experience, eight of those years as the felony public defender in Harrison Superior Court. I have a desire to change my current role in regard to my profession and would like to continue such good works within my own community.
What do you consider top issues in the campaign? Pursuant to Indiana Judicial Canon 5A(3)(d)(i) and (ii) which provides that a judicial candidate ‘shall not: (i) make pledges or promises of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office; or (ii) make statements that commit or appear to commit the candidate with respect to cases, controversies or issues that are likely to come before the court,’ I feel that I cannot in good conscience answer this question.
What do you see as the No. 1 crime problem in Harrison County? What should be done to solve it? I would once again refer you to Indiana Judicial Canon 5A(3)(d)(i) and (ii) and decline to comment further. However, I will state that I believe that the handling of crime issues are first and foremost the duty and the business of the Harrison County Prosecutor, as well as Harrison County law enforcement officers and personnel.
Do you favor pre-trial diversion? Why? The pre-trial diversion program is a program created by the legislature for consideration and implementation by the county prosecutor, not the courts.
How do you feel about implementing a night court? I am open to consideration of any changes which would provide better access to Harrison Superior Court for the citizens of Harrison County, as well as implementing programs, policies and other procedures which might assist all aspects of the justice system in more effectively and efficiently reaching it goals.
Contact information for voters: Office phone 738-6100; home phone 738-8878; [email protected]