To the Editor-
There are four candidates, all have important credentials but none bring them together in a complete package meeting the critical needs for our county – as we move forward in a complicated judicial environment with limiting budgets.
Trish Baker is ready – has the aptitude, and is prepared for the challenges.
Trish has the experience and is community-based. She has been an actively involved leadership member of the major public school board, is a repeat member of her village board, interacts well with business and elected leadership in the community and provides the leadership we need.
· For the past four years she had managed a budget of nearly two million dollars in a time of increased case loads and increased pressure on budgets.
· She has been an Assistant DA for ten years in two counties, trying over forty cases in jury trials. She was instrumental in hundreds of cases which went from initial law enforcement referrals through charging through the legal process of hearing, preliminary examinations, motions, trial and post-conviction motions and appeals.
· She was a working prosecutor, including homicide, ultimately resulting in convictions. Trish was a Special Prosecutor in four counties, nominated by local DAs and appointed by the Circuit Court Judges.
· She has been in private practice handling a variety of civil as well as criminal cases. She has developed a strong interest in child abuse, neglect, guardianship’s, protective placement and mental health cases.
· Following appointment to clerk of circuit court by the sitting judges she was elected to a four-year term to continue the critical role as chief administrator for our courts, to increase and improve accessibility to the courts, improve victim rights and service, while keeping the office even more accountable to citizens. Her office saved the county tens of thousands with the conversion to electronic court files in the state system.
· Through her multiple memberships and attendance at many workshops and training exercises she maintains current in the many sectors of law practice, providing state of the art advice and assistance to our public.
Whether you wait until February 16th or vote early as I did, your choice is clear – Trish Baker for circuit court judge.