We have been very fortunate to have John Mitchell serve as District Court judge for the past 16 1/2 years. Judge Mitchell’s legal training and experience makes him a strong jurist.
Perhaps more importantly, he possesses the right balance of holding people accountable while still showing compassion. Judge Mitchell had the foresight to start a mental health court in 2004 which has proven to be a successful alternative to sending participants to prison. I have had the opportunity to hear from some of those who have successfully completed this program. It is heartwarming to hear these folks describe the difference this opportunity has made in their lives.
Judge Mitchell holds these court sessions outside of normal work day hours which indicates his desire to, and passion for helping those who are in trouble improve their options in life. This being said, Judge Mitchell is also willing to hand out sentences that are appropriate for crimes committed.
We need a District Court judge who is experienced, unassuming, no-nonsense, compassionate and consistent. We need Judge John Mitchell. Please join me in voting to return John Mitchell to the District 1 bench.