By Kerry Ange
Editor’s Note: The following is an open letter editorial written by Kerry Ange, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of Blue Water Healthy Living.
To Whom It May Concern,
As a wife, mother and professional in this community, I strongly encourage every St. Clair County citizen to vote to keep Judge Mona Armstrong this November 3. Here is why:
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- Judge Armstrong has practiced extensively in District Court over the course of her 25 year career, having conducted well over 1,000 district court hearings. This is not to mention those cases she has handled in Circuit Court as well. Judge Armstrong has also conducted over 150 jury trials, (the pinnacle of courtroom practice), in both District and Circuit Court. Judge Armstrong knows just about everything there is to know about court and will not be learning anything “on the fly.”
- Judge Armstrong is endorsed by every single law enforcement agency in the county. We need a judge who is respected by our police force. We need a judge who knows what to expect and what not to expect from police officers. Judge Armstrong has spent the entirety of her 25 year career working with all law enforcement agencies and officers across the county. She knows what is expected of police officers, and what is not. She has clearly earned their respect.
- Judge Armstrong has also earned the respect of countless defense attorneys over the years. This truth proves both her level of professionalism and ethical standards. This also shows that defense attorneys believe Judge Armstrong will expect the highest standards of professionalism and appropriateness both in police officers’ actions and presence in court.
- Judge Armstrong is also a wife and a mother in this community. She has dedicated both her career and countless hours of her personal time to its improvement. She has worked tirelessly as a community volunteer for numerous agencies at countless events over the last two plus decades. This is a true testament to her character and intentions.
- Judge Armstrong is the only candidate with any District Court experience at all, much less the multitude outlined above. We cannot afford to enlist anything less than a qualified candidate for such a position of authority, especially in this day and age.
Judge Armstrong is honest, hardworking, compassionate, has done the actual work so has the actual experience. She is the board chair at McLaren Port Huron Hospital, has worked with the SCC Community Foundation, and the YMCA. She is a prior board member at the Child Abuse and Neglect Council, and is credited by the previous long-time director as assisting in the Councils creation. Judge Armstrong has served as a board member of the March of Dimes, RESA, Studio 1219, the Girl Scouts, and as an adjunct faculty member at SC4. She has also been trusted year after year to train countless prosecuting attorneys for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association of Michigan. All of this bears testament to the truth that Judge Armstrong has a pure heart and the right intentions.
Please remember to vote to keep Judge Mona Armstrong on November 3!
Mona S. Armstrong
Mona Armstrong is honored to serve as Judge of the 72nd District Court in St Clair County. Prior to serving as Judge, Mona served as a Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for St. Clair County; having worked in the office since 1995. Judge Armstrong was a member of the Major Crimes Unit of the office, handling homicide and other high profile cases. Additionally, for numerous years she was responsible for the Special Victim’s Unit handling Child Criminal Sexual Conduct and Physical Abuse cases.
Judge Armstrong received her B.A. from Michigan State, and a J.D. from Wayne State University. While in law school, she completed internships for the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, The Eastern District U.S. Attorney General’s Office, and the Honorable Avern Cohn (Federal District Court). She graduated in 1994, and worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Peter E. Deegan in the 31st Circuit Court of St. Clair County. Previously, Judge Armstrong served as adjunct faculty for the Criminal Justice Department at St. Clair Community College.
Judge Armstrong is actively involved in numerous community organizations. She is an Emerald Circle member of the Women’s Initiative St. Clair Community Foundation. She also serves on the Foundation’s Grants Committee. Judge Armstrong is Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for McLaren Port Huron Hospital. Previously, Judge Armstrong was a Board Member with Girl Scouts-Michigan Waterways Council, the Port Huron Chapter of the March of Dimes, the Bluewater YMCA, and multiple committees for St. Clair County RESA and Baker College.
Judge Armstrong resides in Fort Gratiot with her husband Todd, and children, Alysse, 18, and Alex, 15. They are members at St. Mary Catholic Church, Port Huron.