More than 50 people dropped by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to visit with Circuit Court Judge Mike Meares during a reception June 21.
Mike Meares said being a judge is like going to lawyer heaven. “You really get to do the right thing all the time.”
Meares said his 24 years of experience as an attorney have served him well as a judge. “It’s important to have that experience and understanding,” he told those gathered. Meares is running to keep the position he was appointed to following the elevation of Judge D. Kelly Thomas to the State Criminal Court of Appeals.
Meares said he has worked hard to ensure cases in Division II are handled in an expeditious manner. “It’s important you have a judge who is pushing cases through,” he said. “I’m not beholden to anyone and will be fair to anyone who comes in front of me.”
Betty Burnett of Alcoa praised Meares. “I believe he’s for the right things,” she said. “He has been a lawyer for a very long time. We love him. He’s just a very nice person.”
Cynthia Jones of Alcoa said it’s very important to make sure Meares stays on the bench. “I think he’ll be a real good judge. I think the world of him,” she said.
McKinley Flowers of Alcoa said it was vitally important that Meares be elected. “He’s got the right outlook on situations we all deal with and the concern of the public in general. We look for just and transparent and equal treatment from the bench. Too often that’s not the case. I think he’s a person of character, and that’s what the public is looking for from the bench.”
Flowers said Meares came by recently and talked about his efforts to make government transparent. “I encouraged him to keep going on,” Flowers said. “Anything worth anything is worth the pressure.”