TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Dan Moore and Sean Persin have quite a bit in common.
Both are graduates of Big 10 universities, have been a part of the Lafayette community for more than a decade, and are both campaigning for the title of Superior Court 5 Judge.
This spring, only one will win your vote.
“I really want to serve a community that I love and care about very deeply, and that’s a big part of my motivation to run for judge,” said Republican Superior Court 5 Judge Candidate Dan Moore.
“I can’t imagine a job where you have a better opportunity to make a difference every single day on people who you see in the courtroom,” said Republican Court 5 Judge Candidate Sean Persin.
Superior Court 5 is a high volume criminal court, dealing with incidents like minor consumption of alcohol, resisting arrest, and battery cases.
Moore, who has been an attorney in Lafayette since 2002, said that’s something he’s had experience dealing with.
“I’ve dealt with hundreds, maybe thousands of criminal cases,” said Moore. “I’ve probably handled all, or at least all of the type of cases that can pend before Superior Court 5. I’ve even argued criminal cases before the State Supreme Court.”
With changes coming to Indiana’s Criminal Code this summer, Persin said it’s the position is going to take someone with not only experience, but balanced experience.
With his previous roles as prosecutor, defense attorney, and magistrate judge, Persin said that someone is him.
“It gives me a unique perspective to have seen it from different sides, and it also tells people who have been in the courtroom that are walking in front of me, here’s someone that’s going to be fair and be an impartial judge,” said Persin.
Perhaps more important than their experience, they said, is their dedication to this community. That’s a quality both said shapes the perfect judge.
“When I graduated law school we really looked at any place to go. We picked Lafayette, we picked Tippecanoe County, and it’s been a wonderful place to raise a family,” said Persin.
“I know who we are as a community, I know our values, I believe I know what the people here expect, and I think I can bring all of that to the table, in a way that there isn’t really another candidate that can do that,” said Moore.
The primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 6.