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October 31, 2012

Experience informed time on bench

The Daily Star

---- — For almost four decades, my wife and I have lived, worked and raised our family here in Delaware County. We have committed our lives to helping others and making Delaware County a better place to live. As an attorney I have always tried to protect the interests of children and promote healthy families by working in Family Court. While others sought greener pastures, I always devoted a substantial amount of my time to practicing in Family Court. 

When I was first elected Delaware County judge, my experience in Family Court enabled me to step right in and preside over the Family Court’s most difficult and complex caseload without the usual problems that occur when someone new takes over. The experience I gained in Family Court made me sensitive to the need to protect people facing the power of government. I learned the importance of patience in listening to all sides in order to understand the problems people face. It was through my years as a lawyer in Family Court that I gained a thorough understanding of the services that might be ordered to meet the needs of the people who appear before the court.

Drug dealers, sexual predators and violent criminals have no place in society, but I believe people with substance-abuse problems who commit non-violent crimes should be offered an opportunity to avoid incarceration by engaging in long-term treatment in a highly supervised community setting because such programs are much more effective than incarceration and are far less expensive.

I have faced many challenges as Delaware County judge and I am fully prepared to meet the challenges that are to come.

I therefore ask for your vote to re-elect me, Carl F. Becker, as Delaware County judge on Nov. 6.

Carl F. Becker