As a county commissioner, I am familiar with the qualities necessary to be an effective Court of Common Pleas judge. Judge Mike Flannely embodies those qualities.
Judge Flannelly has more than 30 years of practical legal experience in all aspects of the law and has made an immediate, positive impact on the courts, particularly in dealing with juvenile offenders. He has also earned the respect and esteem of his colleagues. Judge Flannelly is eminently qualified to serve on the bench.
Conversely, Judge Flannelly's opponent in the upcoming primary election, Todd Platts, is eminently unqualified to serve as a judge.
He practiced law for less than a year more than two decades ago and even let his law license lapse for a year or two.
Being a Court of Common Pleas judge is serious business. I can't imagine someone with Platts' lack of hands-on legal experience sitting in judgement on a complex child custody case or, heaven forbid, a capital murder trial where lives may hang in the balance.
I strongly urge the electorate to support Judge Mike Flannelly on May 21.