Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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October 23, 2012

Candidates discuss judge's duties

-- — In the Nov. 6 election, Steven Cox, Brookville, the Franklin County Circuit Court Division 1 judge, is being challenged by Tammy Davis, Brookville.

Why do they want this position? Davis, a Democrat, notes, “After representing clients for several years, I have had an opportunity to see aspects of the court system that many people never get to see. More than anything, it has put me close to the process and made me really question what decisions are being made and why. Sometimes I agree with those decisions and other times I wholeheartedly disagree. Either way, it has made me want to get involved .... I feel like any other professional interviewing for a job. It just so happens that the job where I feel I can do the most good is a public office.”

The incumbent, a Republican, points out that beyond the compensation and health benefits, serving as judge "has become the vocation to which I have dedicated my professional career. I am good at what I do on your behalf and while I understand that there are those among us who did not get the result that they felt entitled to as litigants, the results, nonetheless, were based upon my understanding of the facts before me and the law and not who the litigants were or their net worths.”   

When asked what strengths he will bring to the role of judge if re-elected, Cox notes he is “the only candidate in this race, or in this county for that matter, to have graduated from the Indiana Judicial College. I have presided over hundreds of jury trials during my tenure as well as thousands of hearings from the bench. I have had exclusive jurisdiction over juvenile matters in this county for nearly 20 years and I understand how courts work .... I have guided the court through 18 budget cycles. I have moved the court forward in every area of court administration, including probation services, caseload management and technology.” Recently, Cox was appointed "by unanimous consent of every judge in Wayne, Union, Fayette, Franklin and Rush counties to be the presiding judge" of the new Indiana Supreme Court" District 18 governance plan.

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