(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Dearborn County voters will have a choice on the 2012 ballot for at least one of the county’s three judges.
Lawrenceburg attorney Alan Miller announced Monday he intends to seek the Democrat nomination for Dearborn Superior Court II judge.
“There are substantial problems with the administration of justice in our county. Our justice system is filled with inefficiencies that ultimately cost the taxpayers money. It is also filled with inequality, the costs of which cannot be measured. Such inequality undermines the public’s trust in the justice system and leads to a lack of faith in it. After a great deal of reflection and discussion with others involved in the system, I have come to the conclusion that the task of fixing these problems can only be done from within,” Miller said in his announcement.
Miller, a partner at Zerbe Garner Miller & Blondell, LLP, is currently the only Democrat in the race for the party nomination in May. He would run against Republican incumbent judge Sally Blankenship in the November general election, if she opts to seek re-election.
Along with his law firm partners, Miller has been an outspoken opponent of a proposed expansion of the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.
“If elected, I pledge to run the court in an efficient manner, always keeping in mind that it is taxpayer money that keeps the lights on. I will strive to find places where the system can be streamlined and have the courage to make cuts, if necessary,” Miller, a Greendale resident, said.
“I also pledge to give every individual who appears before the court a fair shake and treat them with respect, regardless of their last name or lot in life. I will not place my thumb on the scales of justice to give anyone an unfair advantage or impose my personal opinion of a case on those involved.”
The Dearborn County Clerk of Courts Office says candidates for county political office in 2012 cannot officially file as a candidate until January 1.