I made a decision to run against Judge Baugh in December, 2013, because voters want a judge who is more in tune with this community's sense of justice. Unlike the other candidates who filed much later, I did not run after being denied a judicial appointment.
District Court requires criminal and civil experience. I'm not the oldest, the prettiest, the richest, or the youngest, but I am the most experienced and qualified. I have more diversified legal experience than the other candidates. I have served this community for 21 years as a special prosecutor and senior deputy county attorney. For several years, I successfully tried violent adult criminals and juvenile offenders for homicides, rapes, and other crimes. For seven years, I have prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases, which are civil cases. For five years I was also a partner in a civil law firm, and I have extensive experience in civil law pertaining to families, mining, business and corporations, wills and estates, agriculture, real estate, schools, and municipalities.
In addition to extensive experience, I have the common sense to know that the law should protect and help people, not complicate their lives. I have sound judgment to rule correctly and quickly to resolve a deluge of cases. I will be fair and impartial so that every participant will be treated with the same respect regardless of residence, association, individuality, or income.
I have the life experience of a husband, a father, and Montana business owner. I am committed to my community to help people build their homes, raise their families, work, and enjoy the fruits of their labor free from crime, violence, and abuse of power. I am from a humble ranch background. For me, a judgeship is not a birthright. A judgeship is not a destiny or stepping stone of personal political aspiration complete with political handlers. A judgeship is a position of trust. A judgeship is an opportunity to preserve the law, promote justice, and protect the rights of all participants in the judicial system, including the rights of citizens and victims, not just the accused.
I encourage you to look up my history in The Gazette and see that I have always fought through a deluge of difficult cases to protect people in this community and to try and make Yellowstone County a safer, more just place in which to live.