I had the opportunity to ask Margaret Quinn, candidate for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County, Ohio some questions. Here are her responses:
1. Why are you running for Judge?
A: I am running for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery Co. because I am eager to continue my career in public service. I also feel that my nearly 27 years of service make me the more qualified candidate for the position.
2. If elected, would you make any changes?
A: As a Judge, there are few opportunities to affect policy changes. This is a matter I believe,
appropriately left to the Legislature and the people. However, I am very interested in working with
local officials to tackle the problems facing our County Judges today; problems of docket backlog,
prison crowding, and barriers to efficiency. The criminal docket in the Common Pleas Court is burgeoning
and the efficient, fair and impartial disposition of a case is paramount to the dispensation of justice- Plainly, the public and the defendant each deserve their day in court! I also would be willing to cooperate with County officials in employing alternative sentencing when appropriate, and with helping prisoners who have completed their commitments transition to productive members of society.
3. What do you support?
A: I support the Integrity of our system of Justice, and the impartial application of our laws.
My values are the values of Montgomery County. I support any individual or group of citizens
committed to Public Service, Integrity, Honesty, Dignity, and Fair Play. As a candidate for Judge,
Ohio’s Judicial Cannons of Ethics forbid me from endorsing candidates, parties and measures ( such as how I would rule if a particular issue or case came before me, or do I believe that a particular law or sentence is correct). I support the right of the public as well as the defendant to impartial and timely justice. I have supported several community efforts to make Montgomery County a better place. Most recently I have given time and financial support to projects whose goal is to end homelessness, both within the city, and at the Veterans Hospital.
4. Why should Montgomery County vote for you?
A: Regardless of race, ethnicity, faith, political affiliation,
income, or orientation, as citizens of Montgomery County we share a
common interest rooted in the pursuit of Truth and Justice for all. I
have served this common interest as a public servant for the last 27
years; first as a litigating attorney for the Air Force Logistics Command at
WPAFB, and then for the last 23 years as an assistant Federal
prosecutor here in Dayton. My experience in this position has
afforded me the opportunity to bring criminals of all types to
justice. I have prosecuted drug traffickers, organized crime and gangs, violent offenders,
counterfeiters, money launderers and other forms of white collar criminals. During that time, I have
formed close relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement officials as the lead prosecutor
on several task force initiatives. The experience I have gained over the last quarter of a
century, litigating in a courtroom, makes me uniquely qualified
amongst the current candidates to continue working for the citizens of
our community. I would like to continue working as a public servant,
ensuring the safety of Montgomery County, through the fair, honest,
and impartial application of our laws. I would also appreciate your
vote, and confidence in this endeavor.
I hope the information helps you gain an insight into this candidate’s positions.
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