Education: Law school
Previous offices: Belleville High School District 201 Board of Education, April 2005 to May 2010
Qualifications: I worked my way through college and law school after my father's small business failed. I understand hard work and difficult economic times. Upon graduating law school, I was a prosecutor who put the worst of the worst criminals in jail. I realized, as a result of that experience, that the victims of tragedies also needed a voice. I entered private practice and began representing injured workers and members of their families. I have more than 30 years of courtroom experience, and have practiced in the appellate court. I bring real life experiences with me to the bench. I have represented people throughout Southern Illinois and understand the issues that face the people in Southern Illinois. I believe that all of the people deserve a fair and honest judge who has no agenda -- a level playing field. Politics has no place in the courtroom.
Top issues: The issues for the people of Southern Illinois are honesty and fairness. In Illinois, we have seen some of our leaders involved in fraud and deceit. I believe that politics has no place in a courtroom. Therefore, I intend to make sure that each and every litigant is treated fairly. Additionally, I believe that the appellate court should be more transparent and accountable. Opinions should be issued in a timely manner, as the people involved must often place their lives on hold while waiting for a decision. Some may die while waiting for the appeal to conclude. All litigants, including small and large business owners, are entitled to receive a fair resolution of their case in a reasonable amount of time.