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LETTER: I am the best candidate for Fayetteville village justice

Candidate Jim Hughes gives his two cents

To the Editor,

I am running for election to fill Tom Miller's unexpired term as village of Fayetteville justice, and I would like to take this opportunity to explain why I want to serve you in that role.

Fayetteville has always been my home. My wife Carol and I raised our family here, and our two children went all the way through the Fayetteville-Manlius School system. My whole family has always been involved in and committed to our community.

First, I believe strongly that one of the most important functions of our justice system is the proper treatment of cases involving youthful offenders. For a teenager facing a legal issue for the first time, the village justice becomes the face of the system. I believe that I can meaningfully contribute toward getting kids back on the right track.

Second, I believe that I have the experience and common sense that will allow me to make the difficult decisions that will come my way with an independent and open mind. Serving as village justice is a challenge that I look forward to, a job which, if thoughtfully done, contributes to the strength of our community and its residents.

I have been a full time practicing lawyer for 33 years. During that time, I have represented schools, hospitals, municipalities and individuals. I am very experienced in village justice court practice and procedure, having appeared there many times. I take great pride in being part of the Hancock Estabrook Law Firm for the past 29 years.

If given the opportunity to serve as your village justice, I pledge to you that I will handle the court’s business with diligence, patience and a fair and open mind. I will bring my experience both as a practicing attorney and as a member of our community to each matter that comes before me. I believe I possess the legal qualifications and experience needed to do the job. Please visit www.JimForJustice.com for more information about my background, legal qualifications, experience and endorsements.

I ask for and would appreciate your vote. Please vote on Tuesday, March 19, and remember that polling hours are limited (Noon to 9 pm). Thank you for your support.

JIM HUGHES

FAYETTEVILLE

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