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Bios, Q&A: Bartholomew County Superior 2 Court


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Name: Kathleen Coriden

Age: 66

Political party: Republican

Office sought: Bartholomew Superior Court 2 judge

Occupation: Bartholomew Superior Court 2 judge

Education: B.A., Mary Manse College, Toledo, Ohio; J.D. University of Toledo, 1971.

Prior elected offices held, and when: Judge, Bartholomew Superior Court 2, January 2008 through December 2014.

Prior elected offices sought, and when: Bartholomew Superior Court 2 judge, November 2003.

Prior service as judge: January 2000 through December 2002.

Community involvement: Indiana Judges Association, former member, board of managers; Indiana Supreme Court Pro Se Committee; Court Alcohol and Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee for the Indiana Judicial Center (CADPAC); CADPAC Education sub-committee chair; Bartholomew County Community Corrections Advisory Committee, vice chair; Bartholomew County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, co-chair; Bartholomew County Bar Association, past president; American Judicature Society; Zonta International, recording secretary; Advocates for Children, former secretary and board president; kidscommons, honorary co-chair for 2014 annual fundraising gala; Bartholomew County Legal Aid, founding member and former president; Columbus Housing Authority, former commissioner and chairman; Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation, former secretary and president; American Cancer Society, former secretary and residential campaign co-chair; United Way of Bartholomew County, former board member and Allocations Committee chair; St. Bartholomew Catholic Community member.

Family: Husband, G. Terrence Coriden; son Tim (Ann) Coriden and daughter Erin (Bryan) Kendall; grandchildren, Peter and Danny Coriden.

Name: Greg Long

Age: 42

Political party: Republican

Office sought: Bartholomew Superior Court 2 judge

Occupation: Bartholomew County deputy prosecutor

Education: 1990 graduate of Columbus North High School; 1994 graduate of Franklin College with a B.A. in Economics; 1996 graduate of Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis

Prior elected offices held, and when: None

Prior elected offices sought, and when: None

Community involvement: Volunteers in Medicine board, vice president; Dancers Studio Inc. board president; Bartholomew County Bar Association board, vice president

Family: Wife, Shari; daughters, Paige and Maddie.

Name: Jeffrey (Jeff) Logston

Age: 40

Political party: Republican

Office sought: Bartholomew Superior Court 2 judge

Occupation: Columbus city attorney.

Education: Taylorsville Elementary, Northside Middle School and Columbus North High School; B.S. in Business from IU Kelly School of Business; Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis.

Prior elected offices held, and when: None

Prior elected offices sought, and when: None

Community involvement: Canstruction; Maverick Challenge judge; “Talk to a Lawyer” event (Bartholomew and Marion counties); senior project mentor; Community Green-Up; Helping Hands meal server; Basketball and Beyond — coach and referee; Christian Communicators of America judge; First Christian Church (children’s ministry team leader, facilitator for "Raising a Modern Day Knight" class, communion server for assisted-living facilities, small group/Bible study leader, Sidewalk Sunday School).

Family: Wife, Edie; son, Cameron; daughter, Emmersen; parents, Henry and Phala Logston; sister, Teresa Palmer.

Superior Court 2 handles a mixture of felony cases, small claims and other civil cases. How has your experience prepared you to handle criminal and civil cases and why are you the best candidate for the position?

Coriden

Experience. I have more than 30 years of experience handling criminal, civil and family law cases as a private attorney, former deputy prosecutor and mediator. That experience, with the additional eight years I have served as judge, allow me to craft decisions that work within the rule of law.

Logston

I have practiced law in Indiana courtrooms at the local, state and federal levels. I have served as prosecutor in multiple municipal courts, am a state certified civil and domestic relations mediator, and currently serve as Columbus city attorney. Character and love for this community make me the best candidate.

Long

I have nearly 17 years experience as an attorney, including seven years as a deputy prosecutor in Superior 2. I have personally handled thousands of criminal and civil cases in court. I am the only candidate who has extensive experience as an attorney handling both civil and criminal cases.

What is the most important characteristic a judge should have, and why?

Coriden

Impartiality. Potential jurors are quizzed to determine whether they will hear a case with no preconceived notions. Litigants should expect the same of the judge. Each case must be judged on its own merit and no decision made until all evidence is in and evaluated based upon the applicable law.

Logston

Character. A person of character is founded in the truth and shows respect for all people as well as the law. This trait allows me to consistently do what is right, just and fair in all matters, whether in or out of the courtroom.

Long

The most important characteristic a judge should have is being fair and impartial. Fairness is the very essence of the American judicial system, and everyone who comes before the court must be confident that he or she will be heard by a fair and impartial judge.

If elected as judge, how would you want your service described and remembered?

Coriden

That I am a fair, firm and impartial judge. If people who come before me leave with the feeling they have been treated fairly and with respect, it helps citizens to have more trust in our third branch of government and makes for a stronger community.

Logston

I want to be described as a public servant who used his gifts to impact and influence the community through his fairness, integrity and respect. I want to be remembered as a judge who was able to listen objectively, act unwaveringly and whose decisions were accurate and consistent.

Long

I want to be remembered as a fair, impartial and consistent judge who always followed the law, respected the other branches of government and was not afraid to make hard decisions.

Of all the judges you've worked with, who do you admire most, and why?

Coriden

Judge William Lienberger. He would take new attorneys aside and offer us practice tips so that we could improve our trial work. He was all business when he was on the bench, was always impartial and had the respect of all who came before him, both parties and their attorneys.

Logston

Judge Anthony Metz (retired federal bankruptcy judge from Southern District of Indiana) fostered an atmosphere of respect with all parties involved, made sure that common sense was not lost in the proceedings and exhibited unfailing and unending professionalism.

Long

I cannot name just one that I admire most. I have had the privilege of practicing before a lot of excellent judges throughout my career. As judge of Superior Court 2, I will apply something that I learned from each judge to improve the administration of justice in our community.

If elected, what is the first issue you will tackle as judge of Superior Court 2?

Coriden

We have a nationally recognized residential program for women offenders. We need a similar program for men. People who overcome addictions get jobs. The community benefits from less need for welfare, foster care, reduced crime and prison population and results in overall tax savings (18 months in prison costs taxpayers $29,516.)

Logston

The court system should be less reactive and more proactive through community involvement. I would like to create a Youth Court program, giving an opportunity to develop positive citizenship attitudes while encouraging civic engagement with a positive, peer-driven alternative allowing youth to take responsibility, be held accountable and make restitution.

Long

I will make the court more efficient by using what I have learned from handling thousands of cases in front of many different judges. I will evaluate all of the policies and procedures in Superior Court 2 and make the court more efficient than it has ever been before.

 

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