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District judicial candidate: Connie Sullivan Phillips

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By The Staff

Connie Sullivan Phillips

Age: 53   Educational background: 1975 graduate of Taylor County High School, 1980 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Campbellsville College, December 1983 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law   Work Experience: Worked on the family farm near Acton, Taylor County, Employee of Fruit of the Loom, Campbellsville plant - 1975 to 1977, Public Defender for Green and Taylor Counties - 1984 to 1986, Colvin and Phillips, Attorneys at Law - 1986 to 1991, Solo practice - 1991 to 1994, handling criminal defense, workers' compensation, social security disability, plaintiff's personal injury, probate and estates, December 26, 1994 to present, District Judge 2nd division, Eleventh Judicial District, Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington Counties.   Family Information: Daughter of Hazel Spurling Sullivan and the late Murrell Sullivan   Organizations (church, civic groups, etc.): Attends Bible Baptist Tabernacle, Campbellsville, Kentucky for the past 10 years. Member of the Taylor County and Kentucky Bar Associations, 2008 Woman of Achievement - Campbellsville Business and Professional Women, Philip Morris USA Tobacco Leaders Program - 2009 Grower Achievement Award, Member of the Marion County Project Development Board Marion County Judicial Center - 2009 to present, 2010 Fellow of the Kentucky Bar Foundation.   1. Why are you running for district judge? I believe the most important duty of being a district judge is to administer fair, equal and impartial justice each and every day, in each and every case. I have a proven record of living up to this promise.   2. What qualifications and experiences have prepared you to serve as a district judge? I have 27 years combined experience of practicing law and sitting on the  district court bench. As an attorney, I handled hundreds of criminal cases, numerous personal injury, disability and workers' compensation claims, and numerous estate and probate matters. As a district judge, I have handled thousands of traffic, misdemeanor, and felony preliminary hearings, domestic violence hearings, juvenile court proceedings, etc. in a fair, efficient and impartial manner. I believe my experience and qualifications make me highly qualified to be your district judge.   3. What are the most important issue facing the courts at this time? How can you help address those issues, if you are elected?  There are many issues facing the court system which parallel those same economic issues facing the Commonwealth and the Nation which include the lack of money and jobs to pay fines and costs, the ability to purchase and to keep insurance on vehicles, drug abuse by juveniles and adults, parents not giving proper care for their children, etc. The court system is designed to serve the public in a fair, impartial, honest, and efficient manner. I promise to continue to do this each and every day, and I will continue to ensure that juveniles and adults get the property treatment and punishment for the crimes they commit.   4. The Marion County Judicial Center is projected to open later this year. How will this affect how court is conducted in Marion County? Justice will be administered in the same manner; however, the public will be surrounded by a beautiful, secure, and user-friendly building.   5. What else would you like voters to know about you? Over the years, I believe I have a proven record of being fair, honest and impartial on the bench. I am greatly humbled and privileged to be your judge, and I would be honored to serve another term. Having grown up on a farm in Taylor County and still farming today, I know it takes a lot of common sense, integrity and hard work to do this job, and I feel I am the most qualified candidate for district judge.