Dear Women VOTERS of Lincoln County,
As a “female” voter, I am a strong proponent of diversity, and will often vote for a “female” candidate if I feel they are qualified. However, I would not do that when it comes to the circuit court judge race in Lincoln County. In this case, I would prioritize deep knowledge of the law, integrity, and a bone-deep commitment to upholding the law as demonstrated by judicial candidate Russell Baldwin, far more highly, than concerns of gender, race, etc.
I am further troubled by Sheryl Bachart’s own statement printed in the News Times on April 29, 2020, where she openly admits she has made many mistakes, and that those where she “mis-read” someone are the ones that keep her awake many nights. A person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and should not be falsely incarcerated by a judge that may have “mis-read” them or already had a previous bias, when there is no jury trial. That result is truly tragic and very damaging to individuals and their families for years to come.
Now, more than ever, we need to insure that our elected officials, including this judge race, be a person to be one who has utmost integrity, who will honor their oath of office, be held accountable, and is highly educated and experienced in the law. We do NOT need people in public service who can be bought-and-sold to the highest bidder. I believe people are tired of this and want change for the better. My support is for Russ Baldwin who I believe will be the best choice for Lincoln County.Sincerely,Ashley Smith
The views expressed in the foregoing are strictly those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the staff and management of NewsLincolnCounty.com.
If you would like to join in the dialog address your contribution to News@NewsLincolnCounty.com. Be sure to include your name and the city/county you live in.