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Judicial Nominees Questionnaire: Ronnie Ansley


Name as it appears on the ballot: Ronnie Ansley
Campaign Website: www.ronnieansley.com
Phone Number: 919-630-0900
Email: ansleyr@mindspring.com
Occupation and Employer: Attorney at Law - Law Offices of James R. Ansley
Party Affiliation: Democrat

1. Please tell us what in your record as a public official or private citizen demonstrates your ability to be effective, fair, and impartial on the bench? These might include career or community service—please be specific.

I bring over 25 years of practical, hands-on legal experience to the Superior Court Bench, handling over 30,000 court appearances. I believe in common sense, personal responsibility and family values. My professional experiences and common sense values provide the foundation for my ability to uphold the constitution and treat every person equally and fairly. I have the real, everyday experience to handle the job with the care and efficiency needed to make our courts run smoothly and provide justice for all.
• 25+ Years Practicing Law *
• Criminal, Civil, Juvenile & Family/Domestic Law *
• North Carolina Bar Association *
• Wake County Bar Association *
• WCACTL - Former President *
• Volunteer Lawyers Program *
• Community Leader and volunteer *
• FFA - Local, State & National Leader *
• Eagle Scout
* Currently an active member in good standing.

2. How do you define yourself politically, and how will your political and legal philosophies affect your performance on the bench?

The courtroom is not a place for political ideology. A judge is responsible to the people and our society to follow the constitution and the laws of our state and nation. Judicial decisions should be based on applying the law to the facts before the court. The integrity of our legal system relies upon nonpartisan decision making skills and abilities. Our military, with different ideologies, stand beside each other to defend our freedom, our constitution and way of life; referees apply the rules of the game fairly and consistently; and judges must have integrity and the ability to apply the law without bias to political ideology, regardless of the issue. Judicial decisions impact the lives of real people and it is a judge’s responsibility to apply the law as it is written, not change it to suit the needs of a certain ideology.  

3. What do you believe are the three most important qualities a judge must have to be an effective jurist? Which judges, past or present, do you most admire? Why?

I believe the three most important qualities are honesty, common sense, and fairness. Two of the judges I admire most are U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Learned Hand & Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes because they used common sense in applying the law and had no political agenda.

4. The INDY’s mission is to help build a more just community in the Triangle. How would your election help further that goal?

I treat everyone fairly and with respect. Applying the law to the facts must be done consistently and without bias to any person, group or ideology. As stated above, judicial decisions impact the lives of real people and it is a judge’s responsibility to apply the law as it is written, not change it to suit the needs of a certain ideology. (Please refer to question #2 above for more information.) 

5. Do you favor or oppose public financing of judicial elections? What changes to North Carolina’s system of judicial elections do you believe are necessary, if any?

We should take politics out of the courtroom and judicial elections. We need to engage voters and provide more information about judicial candidates to ensure more informed decision making in electing judges. Removing politics and money from judicial campaigns would make judicial elections more about good jurists and less about politics. 

6. Given the proliferation of technology, do you perceive a conflict government surveillance and the need for individual privacy? If elected, how would you weigh those competing interests in cases that came before you?

Every issue needs to be viewed on a case by case basis, applying the facts of that case to the existing laws. Judges should not have a preconceived notion of how any case should be decided before the facts and laws are applied to that case.  

7. In many cases, voters know very little about the judges they are electing. Tell us something about yourself that our readers may be surprised to learn. 

I am the youngest of five children, from Gaston, North Carolina, a town of approximately 800 residents in the northeastern part of the state. I earned Scouting's highest honor, becoming an Eagle Scout at age 14. My family's home had no running water until I was five and did not have an indoor bathroom until I attended college.

Growing up in rural North Carolina, and living in the Wake Forest/Rolesville area for over 20-years, I know the importance of common sense, personal responsibility and family values. I know the value and meaning of dedication and service, and continue to serve the community along with my wife Diane through church and volunteering with community organizations such as the Future Farmers of America (FFA), Wake County School Programs, and others. In addition to our regular jobs, we are re-establishing a small working farm, which includes cows, alpacas, chickens, a llama and our border collie named "Troll".

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