I have been serving all of the citizens of Livingston County as your District Judge for the past 12 years. I live with my husband of 30 years in Brighton, and together we have two children, daughter Alex, and son Billy. Our children attended Brighton schools.
I attended undergraduate school at MSU and law school at Cooley Law School, and I have been an attorney for 34 years. I was an assistant prosecuting attorney here in Livingston County for 16 years prior to being elected Judge. I was a forerunner in establishing a specialty court, and have been told by participants that I saved their lives. I bring much more legal and personal experience to the job than my opponent.
You may wonder why there are two current district judges running against each other in this election. It is confusing to a lot of people, as this has never happened before in the history of our state.
My colleague Carol Sue Reader was elected 4 years ago to a 6 year term. Because our state constitution says that judges are not allowed to run for another term once they reach 70 years old, she would not be eligible to run again when her current term ends in 2018.
Ms. Reader has chosen to try to get around the constitutional limit. She hopes to leave the position you elected her to, and move over to the identical position in the same court so she can extend her career by 4 year until 2022. She won’t even have to change courtrooms!
And, she has nothing to lose. If she loses this race, she just goes back to her current seat. But if she is successful, the Governor, not you, will get to pick your next District Judge.
So, when people say to me, “We don’t want to choose, we want you both as our Judges,” here is my response. If you vote for me in November, you will still have both of us as your District Judges. Then you, and she, if you choose, can work with our State Representatives as they work to get the age limit raised for Judges to 75.
I would appreciate your vote on your absentee ballot or on November 8th!
L. Suzanne Geddis