Frequently Asked or Anticipated Questions

1. What is your opinion on ______________?  How would you rule about ________________________?

My rulings will be based on the law and facts before me in court.  I cannot commit to any issue before that time.  Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which applies to judicial candidates, provides that a candidate cannot “make  statements  that  commit  or  appear  to  commit  the  candidate  with respect to cases, controversies or issues within cases that are likely to come before the court.”

2.  Why do you want to be judge?

I am extremely grateful to be state’s attorney, and it is a job that I enjoy and love, however, it has been my dream for some time to be a judge.  Judges must be good listeners, make tough decisions and explain those decisions, be good at reading and writing, and be impartial.   These are strengths of mine and I will bring them to the bench.  I am a believer that you should go with your strengths when choosing a career.

3. Are you experienced enough to be judge?

Yes, I believe I have the experience and temperament to be judge.  As of the writing of this answer, I am 37 years old.  Dan Flannell was 36 when he became the Resident Circuit Judge of Moultrie County.  Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman first became a judge as an associate judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit at the age of 30.  I was first admitted to the bar in 2006 and I have been a litigator (trial lawyer) ever since then.

4.  If elected, who would be state’s attorney?

The Moultrie County Board would select and appoint a Republican lawyer to finish out my term as state’s attorney.

5. Why is there a contested election for the Moultrie County judge position?

Judge Dan Flannell retired from the bench.  Due to his retirement, his position is up for election in the 2018 election cycle.  Circuit judges are elected initially in the same fashion as other elected office holders.  After judges are elected the first time, they no longer have to face an opponent at the end of a term and instead are retained with a retention vote.


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