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Ronnie Ansley

Candidate for District Court Judge, District 10

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Full Legal Name: James Ronald Ansley

Name as it Appears on the Ballot: Ronnie Ansley

Party: Non-partisan race (Democrat)

Date of Birth: November 20, 1961

Campaign Web Site: www.ronnieansley.com

Occupation & Employer: Attorney at Law / self-employed

Years lived in Wake County: Wake County since 1991 – 22 years

Email: ansleyr@mindspring.com


1. What do you believe are the most important issues facing the District 10 District Court? What are your top three priorities in addressing these issues?

The most important and pressing issue for Wake County District Courts is the backlog of cases. Wake County has over 230,000 new cases filed each year. My top three priorities of addressing the backlog are: 1) to utilize my 20+ years of legal experience and my ability to work as a team player to handle my share of the work load; 2) Help develop a task force made up of representatives of all agencies involved in the legal process to address the problems encountered in District Court and how we all can work to make the system better and run smoother; and 3) Utilize my time in such a way as to help other Judges when their courtrooms are crowded and mine is not.

2. What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be an effective district court judge? This might include career or community service; be specific about its relevance to this office.

I have over 20 years of legal experience, have served on local, state and national boards for professional groups and non-profit agencies, volunteered for multiple organizations for over 30 years, have been an arbitrator and mediator, school teacher, sales representative and more. My legal and life experience combined have prepared me to be a district court judge.

3. How do you define yourself politically and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?

I truly believe in our legal system. I believe in justice and the law and I will follow the US and NC Constitutions. I believe in fairness, toughness and compassion and I will be that type of judge.

4. Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.

I will always follow and apply the law – fairly and equally to every person and case that comes before me, without regard to my personal feeling or beliefs.

5. The Independent's mission is to help build a just community in the Triangle. How would your election to office help further that goal?

Judges must be tough, honest, compassionate and understanding, sometimes all at once. These are the traits I have learned and applied to cases for over 20 years. I have the legal and life experience to understand and fairly handle all people and cases I encounter.

6. How long do you plan to serve if elected, and how long will you be able to serve?

I will serve as long as the people of Wake County believe I am effective. I can serve until retirement if the good people of Wake County so desire.

7. North Carolina prosecutes 16-year-olds as adults. (Thirteen-year-old juveniles who are charged with felonies can also be prosecuted as adults, if transferred from juvenile court.) A bill to raise the juvenile jurisdiction age to 18 is expected to be considered in the 2012 legislative session. Do you support the age increase? Please explain why or why not.

As a judicial candidate, the Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits me from taking a position on matters that could come before the court. I am however very familiar with these issues as I have been practicing in juvenile court for over 20 years and have handled thousands of juvenile cases.

8. What is your experience in juvenile court? What can be done to prevent delinquency and gang involvement?

I have been practicing in juvenile court for over 20 years and have handled thousands of juvenile cases. One of the major factors in preventing delinquency and gang involvement is family and community involvement in the juvenile's life.

9. What improvements could be made in the Wake County judicial system to expedite the trying of cases and ease caseloads?

The Wake County Judicial system can best expedite the trying of case and ease caseloads by: 1) electing experienced judges that are team players willing and able to handle their share of the work load; 2) developing a task force made up of representatives of all agencies involved in the legal process to address the problems encountered in District Court and everyone work to make the system better and run smoother; and 3) have judges utilize their time in such a way as to help other judges and courtrooms handle cases when their courtrooms are not crowded.

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