As I look forward to voting in the upcoming Primary Election Feb. 21 and in the General Election April 3, I am sharply focused on the three candidates running for the Oneida County Circuit Court Judge.
In preparation to vote, I am asking myself: "What criteria should I use to evaluate these candidates?" and "What characteristics and qualities do I want in a judge?"
Here are some of the criteria that I have used to make my decision. A judge should have strong personal values; dedication and commitment to family, community and profession; sound judgment; intelligence and analytic skills; exceptional work ethic; a high energy level; broad legal knowledge and experience; respect for others; and outstanding communication skills.
My list is long and my choice is difficult because I know all three candidates. However, my evaluation leads me to one candidate as my clear choice for Oneida County Circuit Judge ... so I am voting for Mike Bloom, our current district attorney.
Mike will be an excellent judge for Oneida County.