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Judge enjoys hard work

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Judge of the Superior Court J. Blaine Akers (D), Brazil, is running for re-election this year.

Akers has been in the position for the past 13 years and enjoys serving the community.

"For 13 straight years, I have been in the trenches of the courtroom, dispensing justice in nearly 25,000 civil and criminal cases," Akers said. "I am running for re-election because I believe I am the most qualified candidate given my courtroom performance the last 13 years. When you put the black robe on and make serious decisions affecting people's lives, you better know what you are doing. I think people trust me as a hardworking, competent judge."

As a judge, Akers said he is in a unique position to assist people with their problems in a judicial forum that is unfamiliar to many people.

"It is typical for most people to be nervous when they come to court, and I try to take extra time to relieve them of their anxiety by explaining the court process," he said.

Akers, who has lived in Clay County 59 years, said he has an "extraordinary amount" of jury trial experience. He has served on state judicial committees, recommending new ways to assure the public better access to the criminal and civil justice system. Akers said he felt his judicial experience was the largest difference between him and his opponent.

"Being a judge is much different from being an attorney," Akers said. "You have to be an office manager, juggling the court calendar to accommodate dozens of attorneys and parties to assure them fair justice will be dispensed in a timely and efficient manner."

Akers believed the three things that qualify him to be the judge of the superior court include: Common sense, work ethic and accountability.

"I am accountable to the law and the public," he said. "Being active in the courtroom for over a decade, being face-to-face with the people I have known my entire life has given me great experience in judicial temperament."

Akers said he listens, cares and tries to be fair to everyone.

"You do that by using your common sense from day-to-day while living in the community you have raised your family in."

According to Akers, his work ethic comes from his 81-year-old mother, who can "put most people to shame getting things done." In addition, he said he has more compassion toward people because his wife, a schoolteacher, has shown him children and families in this community need people who really care.

At the same time, Akers felt he is to be accountable to the law.

"You have to uphold the law even in difficult, unpopular situations," he said. "The public deserves a judicial system that has integrity and is fair and just."

Akers, who has been married for 39 years and has four children, said his only campaign promise and his sole goal if elected is to work as hard as he has for the past 13 years.

The 2012 election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.