Going well so far…

I’ve been on the bench for more than three months now. I committed to being a fair and unbiased judge when I first filed for division 24 and continued with this attitude after Gov. Brownback appointed me to division 12. It sounds like common sense, but my years practicing law in many counties in federal, state, and municipal courts informed me that this isn’t always what you get. I was confident I could follow through with this promise since I had a diversity of legal practice experiences that few judicial candidates have. I’m happy to report that after three months and a week, there is no chance I will deviate from this commitment. Three months isn’t much time, but I’ve already had a few of those frustrating cases that sometimes turn judges callous to the sacred duty they have to uphold the Constitution and am pleased to say that I never hesitated to make the right decision.

imageOur judicial system has its flaws, but when the bench is occupied by men and women committed to the principles on which this nation was founded, it is unquestionably the best in the world. I encourage you to take this time to read the Bill of Rights. This is what should inform all judges and lawyers who practice law every day, as well as the people who find themselves on one side or the other of legal disputes.

If you’d like to support my campaign to retain my position in division 12, please send me an email at kevin4judge@gmail.com. Financial contributions can be sent to the attention of Richard Peckham, Treasurer, in check or money order to “Kevin M. Smith for Judge,” 1502 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214.

Blessings,

Kevin M. Smith

 

Best day ever!

imageYesterday we set a daily record for visits on the campaign web site. We bested the day of my swearing in! Lots of new followers on FB, too. Please hop on the website, http://www.kevin4judge.com, and follow it. We’re building momentum thanks to lots of people who believe judges should stick to judging and not make themselves legislators.

Please send me an email, kevin4judge@gmail.com, and let me know if you can help knock on doors. To support the campaign financially, you can send a check or money order made out to “Kevin for Judge,” attn Richard Peckham, to 1502 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214. Individuals and non-Pacs can contribute up to $500 before the primary, and another $500 in a contested race after the primary. Thanks in advance for the support.

Blessings,

Kevin

It’s not over yet, in fact, it’s just beginning…

imageI’m blessed beyond comprehension. 2015 has been an interesting, roller coaster year.  To start, Judge Richard Ballinger passed away. I’d been considering running for judge in 2016, but until that dreadful news I hadn’t seriously considered such a dramatic change in career direction. A friend called me and asked if I’d thought about applying for the interim appointment. No. But he pointed out to me that if positions opened before campaign season began they might fill up too soon, leaving my 2016 plans tabled forever. So I applied. A couple months later I sat in Governor Brownback’s office discussing strict constructionist jurisprudence and the benefits of limited government. Despite enjoying the governor’s conversation, I didn’t get the appointment.

A few months later I was in a similar position, but this time, although I was on the short list again, I didn’t get to see the governor. It went to another candidate. Again, I was the proverbial bridesmaid.

I filed for a contested division shortly after my second disappointment and started to build a campaign team. Lots of lawyers got on board. All my non-lawyer friends did too. I even sent out five hundred attorney endorsement letters to members of the Wichita Bar. I’d planned on sending out more, but then something unexpected happened. Eric Yost retired from the bench and took a job as county counsellor. At first I didn’t want to submit my name for the 12th division, but after the judicial ethics panel recommended a very light sanction of Judge Timothy Henderson despite the seriousness of the allegations against him, a trusted friend suggested I go for it, so I did.

Two months later I sit in a much different place than I did after the last two judicial interview disappointments. Gov. Brownback called me personally to offer me the appointment after considering several well-qualified candidates, all friends of mine that I respect and admire greatly. All those on the short list reached out to congratulate me, for which I am grateful. What gracious, professional people! The fact is there are other open positions that these lawyers would do well in, and I hope they file in those divisions soon (including division 24, the one I filed in before). Yet, those cards have yet to be played, so I am issuing a call to action to my supporters.

This may feel like the war is won but it is just the first battle.

I will  still have to campaign to make it through the 2016 election cycle. Division 12, the one in which I will soon be the conservative Republican incumbent, is up for election in 2016. I promised Gov. Brownback that I would do what it takes to hold on to the seat. If that means spending tens of thousands of dollars of my family’s own resources, so be it. I’m hopeful that you will help just in case we have to fend off less conservative challengers. I don’t know how much money potential opponents are prepared to spend so I could use your help. You can help with financial donations, legwork, getting friends and neighbors on board, putting up yard signs everywhere you see open space, etc.

We need conservative judges who consider the Bill of Rights and Founding Fathers’ views of separation of powers and strict constructionist interpretation of the law by our courts sacred. In Sedgwick County that means electing men and women committed to these principles.

The ideal judges must also stand up for the most innocent and defenseless among us.

Family portrait-p1My family and I are committed to these values and would be honored by your support.

Individuals and non-Pac organizations can give up to $500 per candidate in contested primary elections, and another $500 in contested general elections. Campaign donations may be sent to “Kevin Mark Smith for Judge” at 1502 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214.

Please send me an email at kevin4judge@gmail.com and let me know how you’d like to help. Since I’ll soon be sworn in as a judge, I haven’t ordered yard signs or new campaign materials yet. I’ll soon be running as “Judge Kevin Mark Smith” and not just “Kevin Mark Smith” so I’ll need to revise materials so everyone knows I will be the incumbent. Nonetheless, I will contact you and put you on the campaign team so we can call you to action soon.

Finally, for anyone interested, I’m tentatively planning my swearing in ceremony for 1-21-16 at 11 am. I believe they’re changing courtroom locales for division 12 so check back for the exact location. Please shoot me an an email if you plan to attend. There will be snacks and finger foods!

I might even talk my daughters into making a batch of their famous pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

I leave you with my favorite proverb. “Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.” Pro. 16:9 (ESV). Amen.

Change in divisions…

Gov. Brownback appointed me to the position vacated by retiring Judge Eric Yost. This means I will be the incumbent in Division 12 instead of running for division 24 as an outsider. It doesn’t mean the campaign is over. Division 12 is up for election in Fall 2016 so I still need your support in the campaign. You will see me remove the articles and information relevant to division 24, as well as withdraw my candidacy for Div. 24 and refile for Div. 12, but otherwise the campaign ship is still moving full speed ahead.

Princess_Sophia_(steamship)_ca_1912)_croppedPlease send me a message if you will support my campaign either through donations, endorsements, or otherwise. We need the make sure someone as conservative and professional as Eric Yost fills his position.He retired in honor and with the respect of all attorneys who appeared before him.

Eric Yost epitomizes the theme of my campaign, “Integrity, Experience, Respect.”

Campaign donations should be made out to Kevin Mark Smith for Judge and sent to 1502 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214, to the attention of Richard Peckham, Treasurer. Email messaged should be sent to kevin4judge@gmail.com.

 

Began sending out the endorsement letter last week…

Would you believe that there are more than 1500 lawyers in the Wichita Bar? Wow, that’s a lot of lawyers. So I decided to send my endorsement letter out a couple hundred at a time. Please don’t feel left out if you haven’t received one yet. With two hundred mailed! I just now broke into the B’s.

Jennifer Wagle, a terrific family law attorney, just endorsed the campaign. Her name isn’t on the mailed letters but will be on the next mailings. That’s a page and a half of endorsements from lawyers on every point of the ideological scale. Seems that all lawyers and litigants want a fair, impartial, respectful, and competent judge presiding over their cases.

We are accepting campaign donations now. Make checks out to “Kevin Mark Smith for Judge” and send to the attention of Richard Peckham, Treasurer, at 1502 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214.