Melrose municipal judge — Q&A

There are two candidates in the Melrose municipal judge election — incumbent Bobby Moulds and James Townson.

Each candidate was asked two questions. The questions and candidate responses:

 

James Townson

Q Why are you running for municipal judge?

A As municipal judge I want to continue to help the Village Council and county offices in searching laws to do all we can do in cleaning up the vacant or abandoned property. Melrose has lots that are owned by families who no longer live in the area and if we can get these families to put these lots up for sale, then maybe this will open the door for new business to move here. As judge, the biggest challenge is ruling on moving vehicular citations and this is already spelled out in the law books. Melrose is fortunate we don’t have a lot of problems I would rule on, but we have kids and some are troublesome but Melrose citizens work together to make Melrose a better place.

Q What do you hope to accomplish for the court and the community?

A What I hope to accomplish for the court and community is to educate people that live here and those passing through Melrose on the highways using my experience as a survivor of a head-on wreck that killed four people and left two others with lifelong injuries. There is no excuse for speeding and not being in control of a moving vehicle. The wounds of the families that only have memories and those who suffer every day are tragedies no one needs to experience. I will uphold the law in these cases and would like to speak to clubs or groups on life after a serious wreck.

 

Bobby Moulds

Q Why are you running for municipal judge?

A The position of municipal judge is another way for me to contribute to the community and improve relationships with the citizens of the village, helping to keep the village an excellent place to live and raise a family. I was appointed municipal judge about 1 1/2 years ago by the village mayor and council to finish out the term of the elected judge, who resigned due to illness. I have enjoyed being the judge and would like to continue by being elected by the citizens.

Q What do you hope to accomplish for the court and the community?

A I would like to finish several programs that I started to clear citations that were several years old, many issued back to 2007. These citations had been issued by the local police and had no action taken on them. We have cleared many off the backlog and will continue. All actions on any citation issued should be cleared within 60 days after being issued. All citizens have access to visit the judge about any complaints and or comments they may have.