Eric Mikovch: Why I am running for Erie County judge

With the upcoming elections around the corner, Erie County will soon choose a future leader of our judicial system. It's more important than ever to have someone in the Court of Common Pleas who understands the weight of the decisions being made and has the experience to navigate the complexities of the law. As a candidate for judge in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas, I am bringing 29 years of courtroom experience, common sense, and dedication to fair and impartial justice.

Lawyer Eric Mikovch, of Cranesville, is the Republican nominee running for one open Erie County judgeship on Nov. 7.
Lawyer Eric Mikovch, of Cranesville, is the Republican nominee running for one open Erie County judgeship on Nov. 7.

A legacy of courtroom experience

For 29 years, I have served Erie County and my clients at the Quinn Law Firm. During this time, I have been privileged to witness and work in our legal system. This tenure has granted me a profound understanding of the intricacies and nuances of the law. Most importantly, it has exposed me to the lives of countless residents, each with their unique story. Every person coming before the court needs to be heard.

My experience is a testament to my unwavering commitment to justice in Erie County. With each year, I have honed my skills, refined my approach, and broadened my knowledge, ensuring that I can confidently handle any case presented to me.

Commonsense application of the law

In a rapidly changing world, the law must remain our pillar of stability. Applying the law is critical, but application, and the discretion inherent within, must employ common sense. My approach has always been to use common sense in tandem with legal doctrines. I believe in considering the broader context of each case, understanding people and their personal narratives, and ensuring the application of the law resonates with the spirit of justice.

There's a delicate balance between upholding the tenets of the law and ensuring that justice is truly served. My years of applying common sense in the courtroom have taught me to navigate this balance. There are times in court required to apply the letter of the law, and times when the result leans into its spirit.

Coaching skills for juvenile court

If elected to serve the people of Erie County as judge, I will take an oath of office. Then the president judge of Erie County will assign me to a certain division of the court to handle cases. I will serve any division I am asked to serve. If given the opportunity to express my own areas of interest, I would welcome the opportunity to serve in juvenile court. Our young people are our future, and I have committed my life to impacting our youth in a positive way.

I have been a high school football coach since 1993. As our family grew, I continued to coach many other sports, and work with all ages. I have the unique ability to relate with my players and impact their development and character. If given the chance to serve in juvenile court, I would work tirelessly to change the trajectory of the young people coming through the juvenile justice system. If we can change their path, two goals will be accomplished. We will save a young person's life and protect our communities. This is also why I am endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Police (Swanson Memorial Lodge 48), the Millcreek Police Association and the Erie County Fraternal Order of Police (Tyler Memorial Lodge 64).

A pledge of fairness and equality

Every individual who stands before the Court of Common Pleas deserves to be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness. Regardless of the background, socioeconomic status or the nature of the case — my commitment is to offer equal focus and attention to every litigant.

When it comes to criminal law, the stakes are incredibly high. The outcomes can alter lives, families and communities. Therefore, the approach should never be one-size-fits-all. It demands meticulous examination, thorough deliberation, and above all, a commitment to fair justice. My track record speaks to this dedication.

Erie County deserves a judge who recognizes that behind every case number is a person, a family and a story. As your judge, I promise to be that voice of reason, ensuring that every individual gets a fair day in court.

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A call to action

Erie County has been my home and my grounding force throughout my legal career. I've seen its ups and downs, its challenges, and its triumphs. I've been honored to serve its residents in the courtroom, and now, I'm prepared to take on a greater role as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas.

But I cannot do it alone. I humbly ask for your support and trust as we undertake this new chapter. Together, let's ensure that our judicial system remains a beacon of fairness, equality and justice.

Eric Mikovch, of Cranesville, is the Republican nominee running for one open Erie County judgeship on Nov. 7.

This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Eric Mikovch touts readiness to serve as Erie County judge