SPONSORED: Melissa Fulton for District Magistrate
Perhaps it is this exciting time of year coupled with my adventure in the political scene that has me appreciating the joy I find in the calm moments of reflection waiting for a game to start. I love sports. I love watching, playing and coaching. I love seeing the players grow and learn the game. But what I find the most satisfying is witnessing the development of respect and maturity in lessons learned on and off the field. The sports I played as a kid shaped a large part of who I am as an adult. Actually, the coaches, players and referees taught me more about perseverance, respect and character than I could have ever learned on my own.
During his confirmation hearing in 2005, Chief Justice John Roberts said “Judges are like umpires. Umpires don’t make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role.”
I couldn’t have found this analogy at a better time. It perfectly sums up how I would approach the role of Magisterial District Judge.
An umpire isn’t for or against any team or player. His or her sole purpose, from beginning to end, is to hold each side to a determined set of standards and rules and to apply them justly. Teams, players, coaches and spectators expect a fair game to be called. Regardless of record or reputation, both sides deserve consistency, objectivity and impartiality.
Chief Justice Roberts went on to say “Nobody ever went to a ball game to see the umpire.” While I agree, I’ll add that when stepping onto the field, there are certain umpires that have earned an air of respect, a valued reverence. This distinction confirms to both sides that win or lose; the outcome is based on fair application of the rules. Nothing more, nothing less.
I hope I have earned the confidence the voters of District 18-3-03. I hope they can take comfort in knowing that, if I am elected, no matter what side of the aisle they are on, they can expect a consistent and unbiased delivery of justice. And just like a great umpire, no matter the outcome, they know they were treated fairly and with respect.
As May 21 approaches, I urge you to make an informed decision based on the qualities you feel are important for your next MDJ and I humbly ask for your vote.
I’m happy to answer questions about my candidacy. Email me at MelissaFulton4MDJ@gmail.com or at Facebook.com/MelissaFulton4MDJ.
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