18th District Court Judge, Division 7 

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    Joni Cole
    (Dem)

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    Rodger L. Woods
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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Who do you most admire and why?

Age 46
Law degree from University of Missouri at Kansas City
Judge since n/a
Current assignment/job Facility Legal Counsel at El Dorado Correctional Facility
Political experience Participated in campaigns at the local level, prior to becoming an attorney. As a judge candidate, I am limited to involvement in my own campaign.
Community involvement •Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney Project (2011-2014) •Kansas City Figure Skating Club Board Member, 2015-2016 •PTO Member and Parent Volunteer •KMC Booster Club •Wichita Figure Skating Club, Member •College Hill Neighborhood Association Member •Wichita Bar Association Member •Wichita State University Alumni Association Member
How long lived in district 3+ (intermittent)
Endorsements Coming soon.
Campaign phone (316) 777-6454
Twitter @votecolejudge
I believe I have the knowledge, talent and temperament that's necessary for this job. As an attorney, I've worked well with other lawyers crafting solutions for our clients. I am always well-prepared and strive to do my very best every day. I have a good understanding of human nature, what drives people, and their motivations, which makes me well suited to help litigants solve their problems. Further, citizens of Sedgwick County need diverse representation on the bench
With nearly 14 years practicing law (12 in private firms and two in governmental service), I've handled cases ranging from traffic tickets to million dollar business litigation. I have represented clients in over two dozen jurisdictions, predominantly in Kansas and Missouri, at the state and federal level. My clients come from all walks of life-I've represented a homeless person, soccer moms, business professionals, blue collar workers, and a professional race car driver
It's difficult to pick just one person that I admire. I've been blessed with so many amazing people in my life. Up close, I would say my good friend and mentor, Pedro Irigonegaray. He is a tenacious and brilliant attorney. His passion for the law and for life is inspiring. From a far, I admire all those service men and women, including police and fire, who serve the people of this country with courage and grace in the hardest of jobs, risking their lives for others.
Age 49
Law degree from University of Kansas School of Law
Current assignment/job District Counsel and Constituent Services for the 4th Congressional District Office.
Community involvement Member and past president of the Wichita Public Library Board, board member and past vice-president of the Wichita Pachyderm Club. Member of VFW Post 112. Attend Wheatland Mission Church.
How long lived in district 18 years
Endorsements Kansans for Life Friends of the Fraternal Order of Police
Campaign phone (316) 768-1605
I'm running because I know I can make a difference in our community. I’ve had the opportunity to appear before several outstanding judges, and seek to model myself after the attributes I most admired; measured judicial temperament, consistency, and intellectual rigor. My range of experience, both inside and outside the courtroom, has given me a perspective that will allow me to serve the citizens of Sedgwick County well, and be an effective member of the bench.
Accepted into the Kansas Bar in 2000 and began practice representing clients in civil and criminal matters in Sedgwick and Reno Counties. Army veteran with 27 years of Active and National Guard service, including four deployments. Graduate of Command and General Staff College. State policy director of a non-profit, conducting research and outreach. Currently, District Counsel and Military and Veterans Constituent Services for the 4th Congressional District Office.
Many Judges, attorneys and military officers have inspired me. However, I most admire my grandmother. She survived a childhood in war-time Germany, then moved to the United States shortly after WWII. She and my grandfather, an Air Force Master Sergeant, raised a military family on-the-move. She was a trail-blazer and entrepreneur, managing restaurants and eventually owning her own. Today, at age 91 she remains an active member of her church and community volunteer.