THE SITTING JUDGE PRINCIPLE

Judges by merit, not political popularity

For many years, the “Sitting Judge Principle” has ensured that Prince George’s County has only the most qualified judges on the bench. Under this principle, the governor appoints our Circuit Court Judges only after these men and women have subjected themselves to rigorous scrutiny and examination.

 

The selection of judges by merit instead of political popularity protects our community and guarantees that our judges have the highest quality of character, integrity, judicial temperament, and education. We expect and want no less from our judicial system.

 

The well-qualified and distinguished judges seeking retention this year need and deserve our support. They have served our community and our state extremely well since their appointment.

 

Our community should be united behind these judges and this important principle. In fact, community leaders and groups, as well as the Maryland State Bar Association have all endorsed the “Sitting Judge Principle.”

 

Please join us in supporting the Sitting Judges.

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MEET THE JUDGES

Judge Karen Mason

Judge Karen H. Mason has devoted her life to helping troubled individuals and families in Prince George’s County. As presiding judge of the drug and mental health court, she works every day with members of our community ravaged by addiction, dependence and mental health, helping them on the road to recovery. Judge Mason’s work on the court is changing lives and rebuilding families in our county.
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Judge Herman Dawson

Judge Herman C. Dawson was born and raised in Selma, Alabama where he participated in the Civil Rights marches as a child. He attended Alabama State University, where he majored in political science. He is married with three children and two grandchildren and is a Member of the First Baptist Church of Highland Park.
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Judge Dorothy Engel

Judge Dorothy Engel is a proud 28 year resident of Prince George’s County.  Judge Engel’s entire career has been in public service fighting crime in the courtroom and standing up for victims and their families. Judge Engel served in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Prince George’s County for over 15 years.
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Vote for all Sitting Judges on Election Day, November 8th

Early Voting October 27th – November 3rd

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Committee to Elect the Sitting Judges

This page is for the Prince George's Committee to Elect the Sitting Judges' Slate for 2016. The Sitting Judges are: Judge Herman Dawson, Judge Karen Mason, and Judge Dorothy Engel. The Committee is a non-partisan group devoted to the principle of ensuring that our sitting judges on the Prince George's County Circuit Court, who have been appointed by the Governor following a lengthy and detailed vetting process by our local and state bar associations and judicial nominating commissions, remain on the bench. As you may know, the Circuit Court is the only court in the State of Maryland where sitting judges must appear on the ballot once appointed, and as such are susceptible to attack by challengers. Any attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland, over age 30, who has resided in Prince George's County for 6 months, can run against one of our sitting judges. The Committee believes that, by protecting our sitting judges, we protect the judicial appointment process and the principle of having the most qualified individuals serve as our judges.
Committee to Elect the Sitting Judges
Committee to Elect the Sitting JudgesWednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 4:33pm
Congratulations to Judges Dawson, Engel, & Mason and congratulations to Prince George's County on electing these highly qualified, fair, impartial, and EXPERIENCED judges!
Committee to Elect the Sitting Judges
Committee to Elect the Sitting JudgesWednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 1:26pm
Gathering at the FOP on Landover Road to watch results! See you there! #electionday
Committee to Elect the Sitting Judges
Committee to Elect the Sitting JudgesWednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 1:15pm
The polls are officially closed. Now it's time to say THANK YOU to our tireless and dedicated volunteers across the county who generously donated their time and energy to help us elect Judges Dawson, Engel, and Mason. In an inadequate expression of our appreciation, THANK YOU!
Committee to Elect the Sitting Judges
Committee to Elect the Sitting Judges
Committee to Elect the Sitting JudgesWednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 12:05pm
VOTE! You must be in line before or at 8pm to vote.
Committee to Elect the Sitting Judges
Committee to Elect the Sitting JudgesWednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 11:10am
Polls are open for two more hours! As long as you are in line at 8pm you WILL be allowed to vote. Your vote matters! #ElectionDay
Committee to Elect the Sitting Judges
Committee to Elect the Sitting JudgesWednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 10:26am
Judge Engel with Congressman Steny Hoyer greeting voters at the polls! #VoteDEM #ElectionDay #PrinceGeorgesCounty

TWITTER @PGCJudges

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 1:33pm
Congratulations to Judges Dawson, Engel, & Mason and congratulations to Prince George's County on electing these... https://t.co/JDNHDNRl9B
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 10:26am
Gathering at the FOP on Landover Road to watch results! See you there! #electionday
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 10:15am
The polls are officially closed. Now it's time to say THANK YOU to our tireless and dedicated volunteers across... https://t.co/8S1baj09WX

2016 ELECTION: WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

PGC Judges

We need your help to maintain an independent judiciary system.

Please Sign Up to Staff a polling place during early voting (Oct 27-Nov 3) and/or on election day (November 8)

VOTE ON ELECTION DAY – NOVEMBER 8th

Vote for all Sitting Judges on Election Day, November 8th
You can also vote during Early Voting from October 27th through November 3rd

CONTACT US

David S. Coaxum, Treasurer dcoaxum@offitkurman.com

Post Office Box 2072, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20773-2072