When Judge Ken Scheibenberger ran for re-election six years ago, he was unopposed. The time before, he battled one candidate. But, this election, for the first time, he'll face two.
"At first it bothered me that two people were running against me but you know this is America and if these people think that they're better qualified than me, let's let them convince the voters” Scheibenberger told FOX Fort Wayne today.
Scheibenberger has been an Allen County Criminal Court judge for the past 18-years.
"My experience certainly is a bonus for me and for the voters” says Scheibenberger.
Right now, he's finishing up his third term, and hoping to start a fourth. But he'll first have to beat two other candidates.
"Twenty-years experience being in and out of the state and federal court rooms fighting gangs and violent crimes is essential to being a good judge” says candidate, Wendy Davis.
Davis has been a lawyer for 20 years. She's a partner at a Fort Wayne law firm and currently serves as Allen County Deputy Prosecutor.
"As a prosecutor I’ve tried many of the shootings and many of the robberies that have happened here” says Davis.
Davis says she's focused on preventing crime among the youth.
"Statistically crime is down but violent crime has been on the rise” Davis says.
Lewis Griffin also has a background in criminal work. He's been in private law practice for the past 18-years.
"Narrowing things down to the criminal law it helps you to concentrate on the rules of law and of evidence” says Griffin.
Griffin's also a former teacher. He says his experience in the classroom will help in the courtroom.
"I’m used to being in an environment where other people will be viewing me and judging me” Griffin says.
He believes he has more competition because of the trouble he got in last year. Scheibenberger made an outburst in another judge's courtroom.
He uttered an obscenity towards a defendant’s family.
“Since that incident happened, I’ve been involved in grief counseling and situations like that are not going to arise again” says Scheibenberger says.