As your next Gwinnett County, Division 11, Superior Court Judge, I will continue to be a Servant Leader for Justice who is Bridging the Gap between the Community and the Court!
Why am I running? To continue the work I’ve already started. It’s one thing to say the system is broken, but it’s another to take action to fix it via Criminal Justice Reform. Hence, I have been a pioneer in developing and facilitating programs which reduce recidivism; an advocate for our children; and a champion for community safety. I am a trailblazer for reform, and a Servant Leader for Justice.
If you want a judge who has a proven record of success and is passionately committed to our Community, then I ask for your vote.
As you may recall, I ran for Superior Court Judge in 2020 and was less than 1% away from the runoff in a five-person race. While running, I had pledged to do the following:
- Create a “Second-Chance Court”—For non-violent and non-sexual felonies (for example, possessing more than an ounce of marijuana), I will help create an Accountability Court that will give offenders a “Second-Chance”. This Second-Chance Court will enable offenders to become productive members in society by assisting them with education, employment, and purpose. Studies have shown that offenders who participate in rehabilitation programs are far less likely to reoffend (recidivism). Additionally, investing in offenders’ rehabilitation (as opposed to putting resources in the prison system) costs far less to taxpayers.
- Create a “Project-Prison-Prevention” Program—Our middle schoolers and high schoolers, will meet those who have been involved in the Criminal Justice System. This will enable our youth to be deterred. My goal is to drastically reduce the number of youthful offenders in my courtroom, and to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.å
- Create a “Judicial Efficiency Committee”—Due to Gwinnett County’s population growth, our court system has been overwhelmed. There are numerous ways in which cases can be adjudicated faster. As an attorney who has litigated multi-million dollar cases throughout the state, I have practiced in about 100 of the 159 counties, and have experienced ways in which other county courts operate more efficiently. Thus, I will bring those efficiencies to Gwinnett County, and work with my judicial colleagues to implement such.
I had pledged to do the above in 2020. Now, in 2022, only two years later, 2 of my 3 campaign platforms have been implemented in Gwinnett County!!!
I am proud to say that I am a Founding Member of the Youth Empowerment Initiative, resulting from the combined efforts of our District Attorney, the Prison Doctor (youth-prison-prevention program), the Boys & Girls Club, and our local churches. I am the President of the Prison Doctor Board. I am a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club. I have established relationships with many of our pastors, faith leaders, and community members.
Additionally, I am proud to say that I’m actively involved in Rehabilitation Enables Dreams (RED). This is a Second-Chance Program currently in existence in Gwinnett for those who have committed non-violent and/or non-sexual offenses. RED is a restorative justice program with a goal of stopping recidivism.
Again, why am I running for Superior Court judge? To continue the work I’ve already started.
Additionally, I clearly have the experience to be judge, as I have been an attorney for 26 years and have practiced civil law, representing plaintiffs and defendants. I have also practiced criminal law, as I have prosecuted on behalf of the State and been a defense attorney.
However, being a judge is so much more than knowing the rules of evidence and imparting justice fairly. It’s also about being vested in the Community you serve. Why is vast-current-community involvement important? Because it affects your perspective and the way you see cases from the Bench. Where you sit, determines what you see. This is the human side of jurisprudence. Quite frankly, judges filter the facts through the law. Decisions are made through the lens of human experience. That’s why your connectivity with the community gives you a perspective, point of view, and body of knowledge to which the facts and law are applied.
I am a Servant Leader for Justice in Gwinnett, as I currently volunteer and serve as:
Boys & Girls Club Board Member
Prison Doctor Board Member (President)
Youth Empowerment Initiative Founding Member
Northside Hospital Women’s Advisory Council Board Member
Gwinnett County Animal Advisory Council Board Member (Vice Chair)
316 United Nations of Gwinnett, Ambassador
Gwinnett Rotary Club Member
Come Clean Gwinnett Member
Additionally, I host an annual Golf & Tennis Challenge and Masquerade Ball in which some of the proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club.
Because I have my feet on the ground and my ear to the heartbeat of the citizens of Gwinnett, I have been Bridging the Gap between the Community and the Court.
If you want a judge who has made a difference in our community, and who has been a pioneer in developing and facilitating programs which reduce recidivism, then I ask for your vote.
If you want a judge who is passionate about criminal justice reform, then I ask for your vote.
If you want a judge who has brought fresh and innovative ideas to existing problems, then I ask for your vote.
If you want a judge who has advocated for our children, then I ask for your vote.
If you want a judge who has been a champion for community safety, then I ask for your vote.
Based on the above, I am uniquely qualified to be your next Superior Court judge. I will continue to be a Servant Leader for Justice who Bridges the Gap between the Community and the Court.
If you support the campaign and our mission, I humbly ask for your vote, your talent and/or your donation. Everyone can contribute in one way or another.
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.