Voters in the November 3rd election will decide which candidate they think is the best choice for the judiciary at the 34th District Court in Romulus.
The lawyers Lisa Martin and Alexandria Taylor are fighting for the judiciary.
The six-year seat was previously occupied by former judge David Parrott, who took third place in primary education and was banned from the election campaign in order to keep his judge's office there.
Parrott has been controversial following a drunken driving accident as well as being suspended for payment following a domestic violence and battery charge attack.
Martin and Taylor are well known lawyers in the Romulus community as well as in the townships of Belleville, Van Buren, Sumpter and Huron, all of which make up the areas served by the court.
Both candidates were asked to provide some background information and answer the same questions as to why they should be elected to the judiciary.
Martin, 48, is an attorney with Lakeshore Legal Aid in Warren.
From June 2018 to February 2020 she was appointed judge at the 34th District Court.
She and her husband Kevin have lived in Van Buren Township for more than 13 years.
Taylor, 39, is the executive director of her own law firm, Taylor Law Firm, located in downtown Detroit.
She is the chairperson of the Charter Commission in Romulus.
Taylor has three children.
The following questions are asked of the candidates and their answers:
Q: What makes you a better candidate for this seat than your opponent?
A: Martin: I prefer to state that my teaching experience at Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School, 21 years of legal experience primarily practiced in Michigan's district courts, time as an attorney in the 34th District Court, and my life as a volunteer Community support programs make me the best candidate to serve residents as a judge on the 34th District Court.
Taylor: What makes me a better candidate is a mix of experience and character. I am a litigator. I have spent my entire career as a trial attorney, including serving as the assistant city attorney in Woodhaven and Allen Park. As a judge, you will be put on trial and deal with traffic matters and landlords / tenants. The perspective that one gains by actually exercising the right is missing. I have conducted trials in county and county courts across the state. I have also practiced appeals and litigated in the Michigan appeals court.
Legal practice gives perspective. I am not saying this cannot be learned; However, it is a steep learning curve at the expense of the community / litigants. As an assistant to the city attorney, I learned to cross the corridor. I learned to work together and had positive relationships with local law enforcement agencies.
I come to the table not only with the experience, but also with the character and temperament that are required in our court. The endorsements I have are mostly judicial endorsements from judges that I have practiced before me and that can attest to my willingness and passion.
Q: How can you reassure voters that you are instilling a sense of trust and accountability in the court?
Martin: I promise voters that, as the next district judge, I will continue to act as I have done in my 21+ years as a lawyer, being polite, respectful, and up to date with changes in laws and court rules. In addition, I assure voters that I recognize and appreciate the value and importance of commissioning their vote, and I will consider the weight of that responsibility through the faithful discharge of my duties. After all, I have endeavored to live a life worthy of the sacrifices my parents made to raise my sisters and me in the best possible way and would continue to honor them by keeping my promise to the voters in the expected manner to serve and called for the office i am looking for.
Taylor: I can assure voters that I will instill a sense of trust and accountability because I've built my legal career on trust and accountability. You can recognize a tree by the fruit it bears. The fruit in my life is plentiful. I am deeply committed to fairness and justice. However, I know that I am only one person. Through my work at Wayne State University, I have interned and taught many students what it is like to be a lawyer. I am anchored in a strong legal community.
Voters can be sure that I will bring a sense of confidence with me because I drove a clean race and will continue to run. I don't want a position that requires my integrity to be compromised. During this race, I was faced with negative anonymous mailings that were sent in a poor attempt to dissuade voters from supporting my campaign. I want voters to know and trust that I am not influenced by political pressure in the bank, but by the law.