The Story: I was born in Kinston, N.C., but grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., then moved to Atlanta in 1986. I earned my bachelor’s from Trinity University and my Juris Doctorate from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. After I passed the bar, I worked as an associate for a law firm that focused on personal injury and criminal defense, then I was hired as a prosecutor for the Cobb County Solicitor’s Office. Two years later, I was offered a position at the Cobb County District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting Crimes Against Children. In 2000, I opened my own law firm. I am involved with many community organizations, like the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and East Cobb Business Association, among others. I am a candidate for Cobb County State Court Judge, Division II, Post 2, in the primary election on July 31, 2012, and I have been endorsed by law enforcement and we would appreciate your support and vote.

Why Cobb County? Cobb County represents the best in America. We have natural beauty available for everyone to enjoy from Kennesaw Mountain to the Chattahoochee River. We have an opportunity to grow and attract the best without living in a dense, urban environment.

Why Do You Love Your Job? The fact that every day I get the opportunity to help individuals navigate the difficult circumstances involving the law has never lost its value to me. Every person deserves a basic set of constitutional rights. I am proud to know I am doing my part to hold our government to that promise. I have also been sworn in to practice law in the highest court of the land, The Supreme Court of the United States of America.

What Are Your Goals As State Court Judge? I look at the position of State Court Judge and I see three responsibilities that must be met. Judges must defend our Constitution, ensure that the courtroom is fair to all who come before the bench and should strive for safe neighborhoods for us to live. Given that State Court Judges in Division II deal with misdemeanor criminal cases, a focus will be to ensure that non-violent alcohol or drug offenders have mandated treatment. Residents of Cobb County can trust me to do what is necessary to keep them safe, respect their rights and build a courtroom that is smart on crime and serves justice.

Leisure Time: I am an avid tennis player and play in several leagues. For complete enjoyment, I spend time with my one year old granddaughter!

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