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Lessons from a Judge

On September 7, 2023, District Court Judge Darci Phillips released a Supplemental Order Establishing Procedure to Fill Vacancy on the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheridan County Commissioners should take notes because this is how the process is done.

District Judge Phillips will meet with the three candidates selected per state statute by the Sheridan County Republican Party on September 13. Each candidate will have twenty minutes to speak before the judge. The other candidates will remain sequestered during the interview process.

The first set of questions each candidate must answer establishes their qualifications for the office, per Title 18-3-524:

  1. What is your name?

  2. What county and state do you reside in?

  3. What is the month and year of your birth?

  4. Are you a registered voter?

  5. What is our registered party affiliation?

  6. Are you currently adjudicated as a mentally incompetent person?

  7. Have you ever been convicted of a felony? If so, have your civil voting rights been restored?

Once it has been established that the candidate is qualified per statute, the next set of questions are job interview questions regarding the Commissioner position:

  1. What qualifications do you have to serve as a County Commissioner?

  2. Why do you believe you should be appointed to fill the vacancy on the Board of County Commission?

That's it. Each candidate was already vetted by the County Party, so the first set of qualification questions should be easy. It is the second set of job interview questions that will set the candidates apart. These are the same questions you would ask a job applicant for your business, and they are the same questions you should be asking of anyone running for public office seeking your vote. "Why do you believe I should vote for you?" (Hint: If they say because "they are a conservative," you may want to run a background check.)

The County Commissioners could have done this. The County Commissioners should have done this, yet they ignored State Statute and failed to do their duty. We applaud Judge Phillips for showing them how it is done.


If you would like to support the Sheridan County Republican Party in its effort to end government malfeasance, please consider making a donation to our Government Accountability Legal Action Fund. We greatly appreciate your assistance!

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