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Superior Court Judge

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One office up for election this year is that of Harrison Superior Court Judge. Below are the profiles on the two candidates, Democrat Roger D. Davis, the incumbent, and Republican John T. Evans.
Roger Dale Davis
Age: 54
Address: Corydon
Spouse: Qudsia Davis
Children: Shazia Davis and Raza Davis
Occupation: Judge
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 duty of a superior court judge? Harrison Superior Court has responsibility for all criminal cases in Harrison County. Competently and fairly adjudicating criminal cases is the most important and time consuming part of the responsibilities of the judge of the Harrison Superior Court.
Do you believe our court system works or does it need to be revamped? Explain your position: The court system works reasonably well. The people who run any system have a significant impact on how well it functions.
Other comments: It is an honor to serve the people of Harrison County as their judge.
Contact information for voters: [email protected]
John T. Evans
Age: 42
Address: Depauw
Spouse: Beth Meisner Evans
Children: Megan, 10; Gillian, 6
Occupation: Attorney
School and year graduated: Winter Park High School, 1984; University of Louisville, B.A. Humanities (cum laude), 1988; University of Florida, College of Law, J.D., 1991
Additional education: St. Meinrad School of Theology, 2005 – present, course work towards a Master of Theological Studies
Political affiliation: Republican
Previous political experience: None
Duties of position sought: The Harrison County Superior Court has the authority to hear any kind of case, civil or criminal. By Local Rule, it is the responsibility of the Superior Court Judge to hear all criminal cases, infraction and ordinance violations, small claims, and every sixth domestic relations case. The Superior Court Judge also serves as a Special Judge on cases where one is needed in Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Orange, Scott and Washington counties. The Superior Court Judge is responsible for the operation of Superior Court, including Court staff, adult probation and public defenders.
Why are you seeking the office? I believe that by working together, we create a community better than anything we could accomplish by ourselves. We each have certain gifts and talents and a responsibility to use those to help each other. I have 17 years experience as an attorney, as well as the personal values and personality which I believe would make me the kind of judge who will positively contribute to our community.
What qualifies you for the office? For the past 17 years, I have represented businesses, governments and individuals with all kinds of legal issues, both in court and outside of court. I have assisted towns, like drafting ordinances for the Town of Lanesville, and litigated on behalf of state government, like defending the Commonwealth of Kentucky in U.S. District Court. I have appeared in trial courts all over Southern Indiana and litigated cases in the Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court. For the last 5-1/2 years, I have represented hundreds of people in Harrison Circuit Court as the public defender. Even more important than that experience, I believe that I can respectfully and fairly decide cases based only on the facts of the particular case and the law, all while maintaining the respect and decorum this community deserves.
What do you consider the top issues in the campaign? A campaign for judge is not permitted to have ‘issues’ the way a campaign for president or governor or county commissioner might. The Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct describes that a candidate for judge ‘shall not make pledges or promises of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office.’ In addition, the Code of Judicial Conduct also provides that a judge is responsible, not only to faithfully and impartially perform his/her duties, but also to respect and honor the judicial office as a public trust and to strive to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system. Since the office of Judge of the Harrison Superior Court is an elected office, residents have the opportunity to determine which candidate they believe will best fulfill both the duties and the responsibilities of the office.
What do you see as the No. 1 duty of a superior court judge? Above all else, a judge must fairly apply the law in each case. If people under similar circumstances are treated differently, the public may lose both its respect for the rule of law and its confidence in its system of justice. Also, the Code of Judicial Conduct requires that a judge must: Be patient, dignified and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers and others with whom the judge deals in an official capacity, and shall require similar conduct of lawyers, and of staff, court officials and others subject to the judge’s direction and control; not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor or fear of criticism; and, require order and decorum in proceedings in court.
Do you believe our court system works or does it need to be revamped? Explain your position: I believe that our system of justice is one of the best in the world, based on important, fundamental principles; ideals such as everyone is entitled to a fair trial. Sometimes, however, we see outcomes that just don’t seem right. I believe that everyone involved in a case, lawyers and judges, bear the responsibility to see that cases are handled fairly, promptly and efficiently so that we all may have confidence in our legal system.
Other comments: I am a member of the Bar associations of Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, Louisville and Harrison-Crawford County; St. Michael’s Church, Bradford, where I teach high school Sunday school and facilitate high school prayer group; and Ramsey Lions Club. I am a past volunteer director, YMCA of Harrison County; a Leadership Harrison County graduate; and an Eagle Scout. I very much appreciate your consideration.
Contact information for voters: 738-4061