While our country mourns the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frederick County residents have their own local confirmation process to explore. Judge Theresa M. Adams, Frederick County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, is on the ballot and running unopposed. Circuit Court judges are appointed by the governor with the help from a nominating commission. They serve a short time after which they must run in a nonpartisan election, and if elected, they hold the seat for 15 years.
Judge Adams is facing her second “yes-no retention election” and it’s up to you if she remains on the bench. As long as she receives 50.1% of the vote, she will sit on the bench for 15 more years. Those who wish to retain her will mark the oval to the left of her name on the ballot. To vote no, one simply leaves the oval next to her name blank or writes in a candidate of choice. If enough people do not mark the oval next to her name, Judge Adams will be removed from the bench and the Judicial Nominating Commission will make a replacement recommendation to our governor.
Normally, I follow the campaigns of local leaders who will sit at a dais, not on a bench. But this election season, I’m asking you to do your own research and decide if you think Judge Adams should be granted a favorable retention by the residents of Frederick County. Sitting in a powerful position for 15 years is an awful long time while deciding the fate of those who harm children — our most vulnerable community members. We deserve a judge with a zero-tolerance attitude, especially when it comes to minors. My own personal research has left me appalled by her decisions.
I’ve spent nearly my entire life around little children as an aunt, a teacher, a parent, and through the years in many educator roles as a parishioner. I want those in Frederick County who prey on minors to see that there will be stiff penalties. I urge you to either leave the oval blank next to the name Judge Theresa M. Adams or write in the name of a lawyer you know who actually cares about children. Do this for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or the neighborhood kid down the street.
You have the opportunity to remove a Circuit Court Judge in Maryland once every 15 years and now is the time. You be the judge.
Mary Linger Posey