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Deal has many goals if elected

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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James Deal (R), Brazil, is running for judge of the circuit court in the upcoming election.

Deal said he thinks his 30-year experience as an attorney qualifies him for the position.

"I see it as the next step in my profession," Deal said. "I'm qualified and want to serve the people of the county."

Deal was formerly the Clay County prosecutor, as well as a public defender.

He represented the Clay County Division of Family and Children Services for seven years.

"I have a vast amount of experience," Deal said. "A lot of what this court deals with is issues with children. When I was in the prosecutor's office, I personally dealt with all the juvenile matters, so I have a lot of experience with juvenile cases."

A life-long resident of Clay County, Deal said he also has experience with other issues brought to the circuit court due to his years of general practice.

"This court is responsible for all the estates of deceased people," Deal told The Brazil Times. "I have a lot of experience with those things. They handle adoptions and guardianships -- all things I've done a lot of."

If elected, Deal wants to make sure the public has access to the courts, court hearings are always fair and both sides of each case are heard.

He also said he would like to keep the court process as quick as possible.

"I want to weed out some of the cases that have been there awhile and get them to some resolution," Deal said.

Deal is married with three children and one granddaughter.

"I really look forward to serving the people," he said. "I hope they give me the chance. I'm ready and able to do the job."

The 2012 election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.