"I've always wanted to be a judge," Deal told The Brazil Times. "It's an honor, and it's what attorneys aspire to."
Deal feels his experience qualifies him for the job. Deal has been a public defender, a prosecuting attorney for four years and a lawyer for 30 years.
"The Circuit Court appeals specifically to juvenile cases," Deal said, " and I've dealt intensively with juvenile matters."
Deal explained he has seven years experience working with the Indiana Division of Family and Children Services, experience with juveniles in the prosecutor's office and experience through an active practice in estates and guardianship. Deal said he has also experienced jury trials.
"I have a lot of experience that will be helpful to me as a judge," Deal said. "I do think I have the broad knowledge and am fair-minded to do this job. I have a good sense of what's just."
Deal is a lifelong Clay County resident who married his high school sweetheart 29 years ago. They have three children and one grandchild.
"I look forward to serving the voters and the public in general here in Clay County," Deal said. "I care about the people and want to do a good job for everybody."