2009-10-31 / Front Page

Judicial election in the spotlight

Glassmire, Minor in their own words

STEVE MINOR STEVE MINOR Potter County voters will decide who will serve as judge of the court of common pleas in the Nov. 3 municipal election. A 10-year term is at stake with the winner to be installed in January.

Nominees Steve Minor (Republican) and Dan Glassmire (Democrat) shared their views earlier this year in a candidate forum.

STEVE MINOR

“I have a lot of experience in different areas of the law,” said Minor, a 1978 graduate of Coudersport High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Mansfi eld State College in 1982 and was awarded his law degree from Oral Roberts University four years later.

“Since 1995, I have sat as a juvenile court hearing officer in McKean County. I think that if you asked the people who have observed me, they would tell you that I was compassionate, that I was kind, but I was also tough when necessary.”

DAN GLASSMIRE DAN GLASSMIRE “Alcohol and drug abuse is rising in our county,” Minor said. “That is a responsibility we have to face. For some people, rehabilitation is appropriate. If you catch them when they’re young, with the resources and compassion early on, perhaps we won’t be dealing with them later on.”

In response to suggestions that he might put his religious faith ahead of his duty to perform his judicial responsibilities without regard to religion, Minor said that’s a non-issue.

“My religion defines me – it gives me a moral compass – but when you walk in the courtroom, you will be treated fairly,” he said. “It’s certainly not something I am going to run away from or deny for the sake of any political campaign.”

Minor said he has the temperament to serve successfully on the bench.

“I have a good dose of common sense,” he explained. “It’s going to come down to, who do you trust? If you’re in a tragedy and you come in front of this judge, will he have the compassion to do the right thing? Will he have the ability to sentence people who have committed crimes and shouldn’t be out in the street? Will you be treated fairly?”

DAN GLASSMIRE

“I am independent,” Glassmire said. “I have no affiliation – no group that I am trying to keep happy – and I have the experience to do a good job and to be fair.”

A 1969 graduate of Coudersport High School, Glassmire graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and John Marshall School of Law in Chicago.

“What’s needed in a judge is someone who will listen to the lawyers, the witnesses, and to all the parties – and you’ve got to be willing to do the hard work that it takes to get a decision right. I’m known for my hard work. I’m known for my thorough research and my knowledge of the law.”

Stressing the breadth of his experience as a defense lawyer, local government solicitor and counsel in civil matters, Glassmire said he has paid his dues and is prepared to serve.

“I’m seasoned, I’m tested and I can make a quick, decisive ruling,” he noted. “You’re not going to see somebody flipping or flopping because they don’t know the law or because they’re impressionable . . . I think having the experience of a lot of trial work, being in the trenches, and being able to listen to people and prepare for trials has been the best experience for a person who wants to serve as judge.”

Glassmire said his Christian faith gives him a “moral compass.”

“But, as a judge, you need to separate your own religious convictions and beliefs from how you rule on cases and how you treat people.”

Citing his membership on the county’s Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board, Glassmire said he is aware of the impact of substance abuse on society. “You need to try to catch people as young as you can and get them help before they get into the criminal justice system.”.

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