Meet the Candidates: Associate Circuit Court Judge for the 10th Circuit Court | New
Marion County voters will elect an Associate Circuit Judge for the Marion County 10th Circuit Court on Tuesday, August 2.
Incumbent Judge John J. Jackson, who held the position in 1996, is opposed by Tyler White; both candidates are listed as Republicans.
John J. Jackson
General informations: Judge John J. Jackson, I am 62 years old and grew up on a small family farm in rural Missouri. I’ve worked all my life, including before, during, and after college.
Years lived in Marion County: I moved to Marion County in 1985 after graduating from law school. I have lived in Missouri all my life and in Marion County for 37 years.
Family: I have been married for 34 years to my wife, Debbie, who grew up on a small farm in Ralls County. We have 3 adult children: Amy, Adam and Alex, all successfully employed and living on their own.
1985: private practice with the law firm Rendlen, Ahrens, Browne and Rendlen.
1990: Elected Marion County District Attorney and re-elected in 1994.
1996: Appointed Marion County Associate Circuit and Probate Judge.
1998: I was elected in a contested race and re-elected every four years since.
Education: Bachelor of Laws (1982) and Doctor of Laws (1985) from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Community Involvement: Current or Past Member of: Tenth Circuit Bar Association (Past President), Hannibal Nutrition Center at Folklife, Board Member of WeeCare at First Christian Church (Past President), Hannibal Elks Lodge #1198, Hannibal Jaycees, Good Fellows, Northeast Missouri Shriners, St. John’s Lodge #28 and Moolah Shrine Temple.
General informations: My name is Tyler “Trump” White. I’m bracketing Trump because that’s how people refer to false allegations that were made about me after I decided to run.
Everyone knows about the Trump presidency controversy, not because he did anything wrong, but because of the malicious, but false, Democratic Party narrative he continually spreads in the hope that the public would believe him. It worked. I hope it doesn’t work in this case because that’s exactly what happened to me with the false claims and rumors – it’s fake news.
I’m a person who just won’t believe what you tell me. I have to experience it, try it, test it and see for myself. I guess it’s part of life in Missouri, you know, the state show me. In an age of fake news, alternative facts and bold lies where you can’t believe anything anyone says, what I encourage every voter to do is give me a call or meet me in person to see for yourself and make your own decision about me based on me, not what people with political agendas put out there.
Years lived in Marion County: 24 years. I’ve lived in Hannibal all my life, except when I was in college.
Family: Danny and Karen White are my parents, who have both lived in Marion County most of their lives. I have an older brother, Ryan White. The uncles who live in Marion County are Dave and Paul White. My aunts who live in Marion County are Cindy Hancock from Monroe City and Lori and Debbie White from Hannibal. My three cousins who live in Marion County are Beth Hancock Keller, Deborah Baker Thornburg, and Matthew Baker.
Profession/Employer: Trial Attorney/Tyler J. White, Attorney & Lawyer, LLC.
Education: I attended Mark Twain Elementary School, Hannibal Middle School, Hannibal High School, University of Missouri, University of Central Missouri, and University of Missouri-Kansas School of Law City.
Throughout my educational career, I have received many awards for my schoolwork and sport. The one I’m most proud of is the University of Central Missouri’s Criminal Justice Scholar Athlete Award because of how difficult it was to earn it. After not participating in athletics for three years, it was very difficult to get into the top Division II team in the country competing for a scholarship.
WHY APPLY FOR THIS POSITION?
Jackson: I enjoy serving the people of Marion County and look forward to continuing to serve as a judge. The citizens of Marion County are its greatest asset and they deserve an experienced judge who will represent them all fairly and impartially. I will continue the dedicated and hard work that this office requires while emphasizing the prompt and fair resolution of all legal matters. I will continue to protect the community and taxpayers of Marion County.
White: (1) Give voters the choice of a Republican judge. When I registered to run, three of the four Marion County judges were Democrats; however, when I signed up to run, my opponent switched from Democrat to Republican, so I’m guessing now anyway there will be two Republican judges, at least in name.
(2) I believe that if judges are in office too long, they can and often inevitably begin to lose touch with reality through decades of existence in an ivory tower. The threat of becoming biased and favoring certain lawyers and organizations over others without even realizing it, instead of listening to each case individually, becomes more likely the longer a judge sits.
(3) Third, a refresh – We need a judge with new ideas to change things in Marion County for the better. Like most people in Marion County, I am angry at the incompetence of the current administration and the disastrous socialist policies of the left. Inflation, the war on energy, open borders and endemic crime are destroying the fabric of this country.
WHAT ARE THE THREE PRIORITIES FOR YOU IF YOU ARE ELECTED?
(1) As your judge, I believe my record speaks for itself. I have demonstrated that I know and appreciate the people of Marion County, judging them not by their standing in the community, but by law and facts and using common sense.
(2) I will continue the dedicated and hardworking service that this office requires while emphasizing the prompt and fair resolution of all legal matters. I will continue to treat the citizens of Marion County fairly, equitably, and individually in the courtroom, without bias, prejudice, or favoritism and will continue to serve with the honesty and integrity the office demands.
(3) I have dedicated my life to public service. As a judge, I have been available to law enforcement, prosecutors, mental health providers and domestic violence shelters around the clock and will continue to be available.
(1) To be the best judge you can be by showing that when you walk into my courtroom, you will have the chance to be heard and to tell your story. If you have any reason to back it up in your case, I’ll give you a good chance to show it.
(2) To defend your constitutional rights! As Thomas Jefferson said, the “Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against any government, and what no just government should deny or rely on inferences.”
(3) Effectively use technology to expedite cases dealing with small issues such as minor traffic violations using video technology. I see no reason why citizens have to drive to get away from work or waste gas to get to the courthouse and wait in line when they can just show up on video from home or work. Our current process is a waste of resources and taxpayers’ money.
WHY ARE YOU MORE QUALIFIED THAN YOUR OPPONENT?
Jackson: I have both practiced and been a judge in charge of protective orders, mental health recognizances, estates, civil and criminal law. This associate judge position requires extensive experience in all areas of law, not just one or two.
In addition to being a judge here in Marion County, I have been appointed several times by the Missouri Supreme Court to hear cases in other Missouri counties.
I consider it a qualification that voters have a right to know that as a lawyer, I have never violated the Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers and as a judge, I have never violated the Judicial Code of Conduct . I have never violated the campaign laws of the Missouri Ethics Commission. I have never been arrested or pleaded guilty to a crime.
I pledge to be the best public servant I can be and would like to continue to be your judge with honesty and integrity.
White: My opponent and I are running to run for associate judge in Marion County for the Republican Party. My opponent is a lifelong Democrat who switched sides after learning I was running against him and if that doesn’t light your fire, your wood is wet.
As a result of the party change, my name will be the first name on the ballot rather than hers since the change occurred after I registered to run. I’m better qualified to be the Republican nominee because I’m a true Republican. His supporters will say his change of party is due to shifting priorities in the Democratic Party and that candidates change parties all the time. This man has been a Democrat for more than 26 years and the party’s priorities have always been fluid. I hope the people of Marion County understand what is going on here.
I am more judicially qualified because I have not served on the bench for over 26 years. I don’t believe a judge should sit for so many years.
WHAT CHALLENGES ARE YOU ENCOUNTERING IN THIS JOB AND HOW DO YOU PLAN TO OVERCOME THEM?
Jackson: I will continue to protect the victims. I must identify those charged with crimes that are likely dangerous and do my best to ensure that they are not free to harm or harass victims or witnesses.
I will continue to adjudicate all cases after hearing all evidence and giving all parties an opportunity to be heard while adjudicating all cases in a timely and fair manner.
I wish to continue representing all residents of Marion County and would appreciate your support and vote on Tuesday, August 2 in the Republican primary.
White: The biggest challenge I see for a judge in Marion County is to find a solution to recidivism rates, because what is being done now is clearly not working. The files are full of the same people year after year, repeating the same offenses as before. I am confident that I will be able to help solve this problem because in my current job I help people who fit this description all the time and I know what works and doesn’t work to help them change their priorities, their presentation to the community at large and, ultimately, their future.
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