Ted on the Issues
I have been an attorney over 35 years with half my time in private sector law representing clients in municipal and the other half with the city and seeing first hand the efforts and time police, animal control staff and property and building inspectors put into their jobs. They are under appreciated by most and only appreciated when they are needed by the public.
I view the United States Constitution as an Originalist or Strict Constructionist. Judges should not legislate from the bench.
The authority of the judge is unfortunately limited. I would want to work with city staff and our lobbyists and legislators to be given more authority. This will take time, but working with what authority the position now has, I would like to try “flex court” extending hours with buy-in from court staff and county. I will judge cases independent of others as all people/defendants are different and these differences need to be part of sentence imposed.