"I have wanted to be judge for a long time, and it was always a career goal of mine," Pell said. "I have a way I think things should be done."
Pell said he felt it was important to administer the cases as they come, moving them through the system as best as possible. He also felt it is important to treat everyone equally, treat people in a professional and courteous manner and rule decisively when required.
For almost two years, Pell was judge of the circuit court in Clay County.
"I found that job to be very rewarding professionally and personally," Pell said. "It's an important job, and I think I did a good job. I'd like the chance to do it again."
Pell has lived in Clay County his entire life, other than a little over one year he spent in Florida practicing law.
"While in Florida, I worked for an outstanding judge who inspired me to do the kind of job she did," Pell said. "She was a great person and quite well known down there."
Pell has been an attorney for 28 years and worked in the Clay County prosecutor's office for 14 years, holding different positions such as chief deputy and deputy prosecuting attorney.
"I have a lot of criminal experience," he said. "I've worked for both democrats and republicans. That and my time as a judge gives me more experience than more challengers have."
Pell's goals include more than ruling decisively.
"My goals are to more or less eliminate any backlog that's there, work on a daily basis, maintain professional relationships with all involved and administer the cases fairly and efficiently," Pell, who has been married for 24 years, said. "I will try to bring a balanced viewpoint and common sense approach. But it can't be about what I want -- I have to rule according to the law."
The 2012 election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.