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Running for Judge

 

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She acknowledges that Owdziej's appointment and incumbent designation on the ballot is a hurdle, but she hopes that the other candidates can communicate to the voters that they, too, are qualified. "Six months on the bench [between Owdziej's appointment and the end of Wheeler's term] is just six months on the bench," she says.

Asked the most important qualities for a probate judge, she says, "a great deal of compassion" but also a certain amount of dispassion: "There are a lot of gut-wrenching circumstances," she says. Garwood is endorsed by Wheeler.

Constance (Connie) Jones, fifty-eight, received her JD from U-M's law school in 1987. Since 1993 she has been a private practice attorney specializing in probate law.

Jones has seen probate from both sides. "My parents were divorced when I was very young," she explains "and my mom had a drug addiction problem." In order to attend high school here, she had to ask the court to declare her an "emancipated minor." It did, and she graduated from Huron High in 1973. Jones points out that there will be five candidates for probate judge in the primary, and given the likely low turnout, she believes any of them could win. Her endorsers include city councilmember Jane Lumm and retired businesspeople Elaine Selo and Cynthia Shevel.

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