This blog post may not directly relate to many of you, but I need to share my 2 cents about an elected office, that many of you will be voting on in August. The candidates may not be the same, but the office is and I wanted to share a few things with you.
First of all, I want you to know that what I am about to write about is NOT because of any ill feelings I have about anyone in particular. I simply want to express how the "wrong" person in this office can be not only a disservice to the public but an expensive choice for taxpayers as well.
The office I am writing about is that of the Justice of the Peace (JP) for Precinct One, which includes Coolidge, Florence, Anthem, all the way up to Arizona Farms Road. I do not live in Precinct One, but I do live in an area who did NOT pay attention to the Justice of the Peace office. Currently in my precinct, the brother of the Sheriff sits in that office costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars every year due to conflict of interest. With no law experience and a conflict of interest in almost 80% of the cases, we the taxpayers are stuck footing the bill to have temporary judges hired to preside over cases from the Sheriff's office, while still paying our existing JP. Having the wrong person in office does no one any good and is a very expensive choice.
So what does a Justice of the Peace do? The justice courts are presided over by a Justice of the Peace for civil lawsuits where the amount in dispute is $10,000 or less, landlord and tenant controversies, small claims cases and the full range of civil and criminal traffic offenses, including DUIs. Justices of the peace also resolve other types of misdemeanor allegations (e.g. shoplifting, writing bad checks, violating restraining orders) and, like other trial judges, also handle requests for orders of protection and injunctions against harassment.
Do you think that a judge should have legal experience? Do you think that someone needs to be impartial, fair and willing to make decisions based on the law vs favors or influence? If you do, then those in Precinct One need to vote for Ty Morgan.
Before I continue I want to state again that I have no personal issues with Morgan's opponent. I think he is a great guy who has never been anything but pleasant to me. That said, being a nice person does NOT mean that you have the skills for the job. Anyone voting a judge into office because he/she is "nice", doesn't understand how important this office really is. Morgan's opponent has ZERO experience in law enforcement. NONE. How can someone with zero law experience be expected to sit as a judge presiding over cases? Do you want someone who understands the law and your rights deciding on your case? Or would you rather someone with experience in running a grocery store be your presiding judge?
Precinct One needs to have someone in office who understands the laws; someone who has written the search warrants, tickets, understands radar and has reported on domestic violence situations. You need someone who can resolve cases/issues at the Justice of the Peace level instead of reassigning cases to the Superior Court, costing you, the taxpayer, even more money. You need someone who will work with the elected Constable to serve the necessary paperwork instead of taking deputies off the streets to do so. Precinct One needs Ty Morgan as their next Justice of the Peace. A man with more than 30 years law enforcement; a man who understands Florence, Coolidge and Pinal County. A man with a proven track record of being fair.
Don't be fooled by a money trail, vote for Ty Morgan on August 26th, the only qualified candidate running for this office.