Americans have come to realize how much judges matter.
Over my three-decade career in civil, family, and criminal law throughout the greater Bay Area and in Santa Cruz County, I have argued thousands of cases. This broad experience in private practice has exposed me to a wide range of effective solutions for problems that confront judges every day.
From my early days as a law clerk with a district attorney, to my many years representing court-appointed and low-income clients, I have learned what it takes to be a great judge. As pro tem judge, I gained experience managing a courtroom. As a Superior Court judge, I will listen carefully, treat everyone fairly, compassionately and with dignity, and decide each case ethically.
Most importantly, as a 27-year Santa Cruz County resident with two children educated in our local public schools, I care deeply about the well-being of our community. That’s why I was the only attorney principled and courageous enough to challenge the incumbent who had repeatedly violated judicial ethics.
And that’s why 24 Superior Court judges and commissioners, over 100 regional attorneys, multiple local Democratic groups, and hundreds of community members throughout Santa Cruz County endorse me.
Here in Santa Cruz County, we need to take advantage of the best-practices from around the State for managing drug and mental health offenses and for keeping our community protected from violent crimes. We need to provide data-driven restorative justice to victims. We need to engage with the nationwide effort to improve the juvenile justice system and short-circuit the cycle of reoffense. As judge, I will work to strengthen the judicial system from within.
Because judges matter.