Question: Are you a liberal or a conservative?
A judicial candidate who would classify himself or herself by any philosophical or party label thus becomes a judicial activist and compromises his or her objectivity with respect to cases that may come before the court. I have served and continue to run nonpartisan, as required by the Georgia constitution.
I have a conservative judicial philosophy, and I believe a judge should interpret our laws, not make new ones from the bench. A judge should protect the lives and safety of Georgia's families, uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity and preserve each of our constitutional rights fully.
Question: Should judicial interpretation of state constitutional matters reflect evolving public attitudes or the beliefs of its authors?
The Georgia constitution should be interpreted in accordance with its text and existing precedent.
Judges should decide cases based on the facts and the law - not their personal political, cultural, or religious views. I believe that interpretation of the constitution should be based solely on the plain text. I will strictly interpret the U.S. Constitution, Georgia Constitution and all applicable laws.
Question: Where does a judge draw the line between interpretation and legislating from the bench?
A judge should apply the constitution and laws as written. The act of legislating is the province of the General Assembly of Georgia, a separate branch of government.
Decisions based on personal views - not the plain law - cross the line. We must restore balance and integrity to our Supreme Court. I have a strong record of defending our constitution and am endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, the NRA and 30 Georgia sheriffs.
Political experience: Appointed by President Bush as deputy associate attorney general, 2001, and as principal deputy general counsel in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2005
Profession: Lawyer, certified public accountant
Education: University of Georgia law school
Family: Wife, Erika
Political experience: Elected in 1984, 1988, 1992 as DeKalb County Superior Court judge; elected in 1994 and 2000 to Supreme Court of Georgia
Profession: Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia
Education: Stetson University School of Law, J.D., 1976; Florida Atlantic University, bachelor of science, 1972; Miami-Dade Junior College, 1970
Family: Three children; one grandchild