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District Magistrate Judge, District 15

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  • John Cahoj
    (Rep)

  • Paula Ann Keller
    (Rep)

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    Richard "Rick" J. Ress
    (Rep)

  • James R. Schroeder
    (Rep)

  • Mark J. Temaat
    (Rep)

  • Steve R Unruh
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What is the appropriate role of the courts in today’s society? How would you best communicate that role to improve public understanding in your district?

What are the most pressing problems facing this District court? How do you propose handling these issues?

Please address the issue of maintaining impartiality, given the need to raise funds and solicit sponsorships for political campaigns.

What, if any, steps should our state take concerning the juvenile offender population? What do you see as the root cause of Juvenile offenses? What, if any, alternatives to current practice would you consider?

What, if any, steps [will you/should our state] take concerning the overall prison population?

How can the court system address the inequalities in our justice system?

How can the court become more transparent so the public has a view of the judges’ work?

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Personal Biography Life time Thomas County resident. Practiced law in Colby, Kansas. I am interested in the the people of this community. Public service is very sacred duty which allows me to contribute to the people and businesses of Thomas County. I am very thankful that I was raised here and was able to have a family here. I have been married to Melonie for over 35 years. We have one Child, Courtney, who has taught at Kansas State University for 8 years.
Education Washburn School of Law J.D. Kansas State University B.A.. Colby Community College A.A. Colby High School
Community/Public Service Thomas County Magistrate Judge Municipal Judge for the City of Atwood, Brewster, Colby and Rexford. Deputy County Attorney Taught Criminal Law & Search & Seizure Served on 3 Kansas Supreme Court Committees, Pioneer Memorial Library Board of Directors, Friends of the Library Board, Swim Club President, Community Corrections Board, Physician Recruitment Board, Adult Education Board, Sacred Heart School Board, Kansas Municipal Judges Board, and President, Sacred Heart Parrish Council
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I do not and have not solicited funds for my campaign
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We now hear cases over the internet and people can watch them.
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