Now that the November election is upon us and ballots are arriving in the mail, please pay special attention to the Howard County Circuit Judge race.

Our sitting judge, John J. Kuchno is the only candidate with judicial experience and in these unsettling times, we need a tested leader already on the bench. Judge Kuchno was appointed to the court after a rigorous review and selection process by his peers and members of the community.

As the only candidate who has actually served as a judge, voters can review his record of making fair and impartial decisions combined with a respectful attitude to all parties who come before him.

Now we get to “appoint” him ourselves. Howard County needs and deserves high-quality judges. Now is not the time for on the job training. Please vote to keep Judge John Kuchno on the Howard County Circuit Court.

-Dana Simpler, Laurel