A Letter to Orange County Voters
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my candidacy. I am Evellen Jewett and I am running for Orange County Judge in Group 5. I seek to replace Judge Deb Blechman who is retiring after 21 years of honorable service.
This is my first run for Judge. I have wanted to be a County Court Judge most of my career, but felt it was necessary to gain a depth of wisdom and experience before doing so. I chose to run now because I think I have attained that wisdom and maturity and am qualified. I have been a lawyer since 1989 and have practiced law in Orange County since 1991. I have spent over 26 years fighting for and protecting the rights of individuals and families. I have represented thousands of clients on all manner of cases. In 2015 I was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator. Mediation training emphasizes good problem solving skills and, most importantly, the ability to listen.
During my 27 year career as a trial attorney I have spent years in courtrooms throughout Orange County. In that time, I was able to observe a variety of judges and how they managed the proceedings in their courtrooms. After all that time in courtrooms, I know what works and what doesn’t. The Judge must be efficient in order to limit the time waiting to resolve cases and ensure people’s valuable time is not wasted. My broad experience gives me the insight to efficiently and effectively manage a docket.
Many have asked why I want to run for County Court. I believe County Court Judges do the real work. To me, being a County Court Judge is not about power, but is about service to the community.
Citizens from all walks of life can and do end up in County Court. County Court is truly the People’s Court. County Court judges hear misdemeanor offenses, traffic offenses, city ordinance violations, evictions, PIP claims, small claims and civil suits of less than $15,000. These cases may seem minor to some, but they are very important to the parties. The judge needs to have patience, an even temperament and most importantly the ability to listen. This is especially true in County Court where the parties usually have little or no experience with Court proceedings. Win or lose, a citizen should feel they have been heard. They must feel they have been treated fairly. It is the Judge’s job to ensure that happens. My extensive experience meeting with, explaining the process to, and listening to clients has prepared me to be that Judge.
If elected, I pledge to you that I will follow the law, be consistent, treat all parties with respect, try not to waste your valuable time, be fair to all litigants, and always listen.
I respectfully ask for your vote. You won’t regret it.
Candidate, Orange County Judge Group 5