In August of last year, I attended the Silver Lake town convention, where residents chose who would be on their town board. It was a hotly contested convention in all respects but one: the people of Silver Lake were nearly unanimous in their support for Chad Miner.
In June of this year, I watched as the Republican primary results poured in, and precinct after precinct lent its support to Chad Miner for the office of Judge of Superior Court 3 — a total of 3,688 people from all throughout Kosciusko County who gave the ultimate expression of trust in his abilities.
In the State of Indiana, the selection of local judges is entrusted to the people. Our local Democrat leaders — who did not hold a judicial primary but chose instead to slate a candidate after the GOP primary voters made a decision they didn’t like — would have you believe that the confidence the people have in Chad Miner is misplaced. I’d like to offer an alternative theory.
Perhaps the people know, through their interactions with him at the closest and most essential level of government, that Chad Miner is a fair and open-minded listener; that he’s patient, thorough and dedicated to solving problems; and that his temperament makes him perfectly suited for the office of judge.
Perhaps they know, because he’s assisted them in his general practice, that Chad Miner has a diverse and well-rounded legal résumé — not just in criminal defense, but also in civil litigation, in business and agricultural law, in estate planning and administration, and in small claims, which makes up a substantial part of the Superior 3 docket.
Perhaps they’ve seen, as I have, that Chad Miner is capable of making tough decisions under tremendous pressure, as he’s been called upon to do time and time again as the Kosciusko County Attorney, advising our local leaders on a wide range of serious issues that present themselves frequently and without warning.
And perhaps they know, based on their first-hand interactions with him and on his good reputation, that Chad Miner has a common-sense set of values that mirror their own.
I’m sure that the Democrats would rather this race be decided by a select group of lawyers who are friendly to their candidate. But sometimes the people, looking from the outside in, can see things that the lawyers can’t. Sometimes the people are more than the irrational group of half-witted partisans the Democrats portray them to be. Sometimes, like those who drafted Indiana’s Constitution did, we ought to respect the people’s wisdom.