Judicial forum informs voters on candidates

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Tippecanoe County voters got a chance to hear from some candidates who many hope they don’t have to meet again Tuesday evening.

All nine candidates for the Tippecanoe County judicial races showed up for a forum at the Hanna Center sponsored by the Citizens for Civil Rights and the League of Women Voters.

More than 60 people showed up to listen and ask questions to the eight candidates in contested races: Earl McCoy and Les Meade for Circuit Court, Steve Meyer and Rebecca Trent in Superior 2, Greg Donat and Laura Zeman in Superior 4, and Dan Moore and Sean Persin in Superior 5. Randy Williams is running unopposed in Superior 1.

League of Women Voters President Patsy Hoyer says while it’s not often voters can question judges, it’s important to make sure the right ones are elected.

“There are many situations where applying the law or applying sentencing requires judgement and requires somebody who is thinking and paying attention. So, we want to pick judges who we feel confident will do that,” said Hoyer.

News 18’s own Jeff Smith moderated the forum. Topics included how to make courts more efficient and how judges will work with major changes coming soon to the criminal code.

Click here for a more in-depth profile of the candidates.

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