Mecklenburg District Court Judge Race
Mecklenburg District Court Judge Tim Smith does not shy away from the fact he has been publicly reprimanded twice by the Judicial Standards Commission.
Judge Smith said "I would ask that people would look at my entire record, not on a couple of moments where I exercised poor judgment."
The Commission reprimanded the Judge once for intervening in a case outside his courtroom that involved his sister and the second time for making comments to prosecutors during a trial where his wife represented the defendants. It is important to note, Smith
filed a complaint against himself in the case involving his sister.
Judge Smith said, "I think people should vote for me because clearly I have more experience than either candidate in my race."
Smith served several years as a District Court Judge and many more years practicing law in Mecklenburg County, but one of his opponents, Matt Osman says there needs to be change. "There shouldn't be a hint of impropriety. I want to restore honor that I believe has been lost from the District Court bench."
Osman is an assistant District Attorney in Union county, but is from Charlotte. He was a Navy Jag for more than 6 years, he says he has experience too. "I've practiced law in just about every area that a District Court Judge will see come into his court room."
But Smith says Osman is not familiar with Mecklenburg County's system.
Judge Smith said, "I spend 90 percent of my time in District Court, I know the ins and outs of the system, there is no need to change at this point."
There is another candidate running against the two, his name is Grant Smithson. The primary is May 4th, but early voting has already begun.