Welcome to 2020! It’s a new year with a new set of goals. I’ve never been much of a “resolution” person. For me it’s goals. Goals are something to work toward and achieve. Resolutions are things to walk away from when they seem daunting.
In 2020 I have a few things to do. A few personal and financial goals that are between my family and I, and some career objectives, including running for reelection, which I’ll share with you since they will help us continue to do good work for the community. I’m in a new assignment as of January 2, 2020, which moved me to the main courthouse. I will cover dearly departed Judge Terry Pullman’s criminal docket for January, then transition to civil for the balance of 2020 and beyond. I left my child in need of care and juvenile dockets behind, which is sad since I loved that work. Fortunately, this eliminates any conflicts I had before, so I will not only continue community outreach efforts for foster care, but be more directly involved in the groups we’re forming to support foster parents and children, so my sadness is somewhat assuaged by the exciting opportunities this brings.
More important, I am continuing to ramp up the campaign for reelection. Unless judges make attorneys and parties who appear before them mad, or are woefully unprepared for a campaign, we usually don’t get opposition in elections, but sometimes a wild card surprises us. These are usually lawyers who aren’t plugged into the bar or respective political party. The best offense is a good defense. So the plan is continue to be a fair, unbiased, prepared and professional judge, do good work for the community, and be prepared for any unexpected surprise. For this I need your help. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a church or community group that would like to hear about CASA, mentoring, or foster care opportunities. The data is dire and these kiddos need our help.
Please consider donating to the campaign. I will be knocking on doors and engaging in other campaign-related activities to make my division less attractive to potential opponents, and this takes money. Just click on the donate button on this website to make an online contribution, or send a check to “Re-elect Judge Kevin M. Smith” to P.O. Box 1633, Wichita, KS 67201.
Finally, I’m compiling a list of potential volunteers for parades, door knocking, etc. Please email me your name, address, and phone number if you’d like to help in these ways. Prominent placement sites for campaign signs are appreciated too. God bless and have a Happy New Year!