Mike Roberts announced his candidacy for Division IV Jasper County Judge Wednesday morning. Roberts has more than 20 years of experience in public service ranging from his police work with the Joplin Police Department to working as the Assistant Prosecutor for the county before going into private practice. He's now ready for the next step. He tells News Talk KZRG how his life experiences qualifies him for the job.
"I've had the opportunity to not only be a prosecutor in court and a defense attorney in court; I've been a witness in court. I know what people feel like when they're in front of that judge. I know the stress that comes with that. So I feel like I'm well rounded because of my life experiences."
Roberts also spoke about the qualities he believes makes a good judge.
"I think there should be a judicial temperament. Be patient and listen to what people are saying to give them a chance to express themselves. Then make a decision based on the appropriate facts."
Roberts says he has a strong campaign, and is feeling optimistic about the outcome of the race.