Area attorneys join race for Circuit Court judgeship
Area attorneys Erane Washington and Carol A. Kuhnke have announced that they're running for Circuit Court judge.
Washington and Kuhnke join attorneys James Fink and Douglas McClure in the running. Washtenaw County Circuit Court judges Timothy Connors, Melinda Morris and Darlene O'Brien have their terms end at the beginning of 2013. Morris is retiring at the end of her term.
She was elected as the President of the Washtenaw County Bar Association in 2005 and currently serves as an elected member of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, according to a news release.
"I am delighted to have had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the citizens of this community," Washington said in a statement, "and I would love to have the opportunity to make a greater impact by providing the fair, just, and efficient justice that the people of Washtenaw County deserve.”
"I have 18 years of rigorous courtroom training for the job, and I am fortunate to have earned the respect of lawyers I have worked with and against, not to mention the appreciation and gratitude of my clients," Kuhnke said in a statement. "A judge must possess integrity and compassion, a strong work ethic and an unwavering commitment to fairness. I have those qualities and know that I am the right candidate for the job."
Kuhnke, an Ann Arbor resident, has been a member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association, Washtenaw Association for Justice, and Michigan Association for Justice, among other organizations. She is a past president of the Washtenaw Association for Justice, and has served on numerous committees of the Michigan Association for Justice, according to the release.
Non-incumbent judicial candidates filing deadline is May 1. The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6.