My name is Susan Skinner, and I want to be your judge for County Court #14, a misdemeanor criminal court. I have dedicated my career to our legal system, and I would bring 30 years of experience to the bench if elected. In those three decades, I have worked in a variety of roles in the criminal justice system. As a child protective services worker, I have assisted people who were victims of crime. As a probation officer, I have supervised people who have been convicted of crimes. As an assistant criminal district attorney, I have prosecuted people who committed crimes. And as a criminal defense attorney in private practice, I have represented people who were charged with crimes. Add it all up, and I think it’s fair to say that I have worked on every side of the typical criminal case.
Why does experience matter so much in this election? It matters because a judge must be fair to all parties in a case—the victim of the crime, the government as the prosecutor, and the defendant as the accused. But it’s difficult to be truly fair to all parties if you haven’t been on each side of a case before. If your only experience is on the prosecutor’s side, you might forget the importance of a defendant’s constitutional rights. If your only experience is on the defendant’s side, you might underestimate the negative impact crime has on society. And if your only experience is on the victim’s side, you might not appreciate the significance of the legal issues that are often contested by the government and the defendant in any given case.
I’ve sat at the defendant’s table as defense counsel and at the government’s table as the prosecutor. I’ve even been called to testify as a witness, both for child protective services and for the probation office. The one place I haven’t had the opportunity to serve yet is on the bench, and that’s why I need your help. I think my well-rounded experience, which has allowed me to see a criminal case from all sides, has specially prepared me to serve as your judge for County Court #14.
I have created this website so that you can get to know more about me. If you click on the tabs above, you can learn more about my experience, education, and personal background. You can also find my contact information and learn more about the campaign. Although I encourage you to spend some time reading about my qualifications and about my life outside of my career, I realize that some of you might just want the highlights. Here are some of them:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (210) 621-3620.
I would be honored to serve you and our community as Judge of County Court #14. I am asking for your support and vote in the 2014 Republican primary.
Your VOTE will Make SKINNER a WINNER!
Susan with her first granddaughter, Emma Lou Rose (age 1).
As the picture shows, Emma Lou was very excited to attend Susan's first campaign event. Unfortunately, however, Emma is not old enough to vote.