My name is Tonya Goetz, and I'm running for District Court Judge for Troy and Clawson. My qualifications:
• County prosecutor for 23 years, where I’ve risen to be the Chief of Juvenile Division
• Member of Character and Fitness Committee for the Michigan State Bar
• Member of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect
• Member of the Oakland County Bar Association, Women Lawyer’s Association, Wolverine Bar Association and Police Officers Association of Michigan
• Graduate of Vassar College with a Bachelor of Science, and Boston University School of Law.
• Wife and mother of two children in the Troy School District
This is why I seeking to become your District Court Judge:
Uphold ethics and the integrity of the Court
Working with other attorneys, I have learned that keeping my word and treating others with respect is the best practice. As a member of the Character and Fitness Committee of the State Bar, I have been entrusted to investigate the candidates for admission to the practice of law. In that work, I emphasize how each candidate must practice with integrity, because justice is a demand made upon us, and something we must work towards every single day.
Be courteous, respectful, and patient. Everyone shall have a voice and be heard.
As a prosecutor, I’ve learned that it’s very important to listen. Each case is unique, and listening allows all parties the opportunity to be heard and, most importantly, advocate for their position. This requires both patience and respect, because I seek to reach just and fair outcomes.
Respect and uphold the rule of law
To be an effective judge, you must devote yourself to learning about the continuing changes to the law. This requires a dedication to study the matters brought before me and researching those details in the law that can affect the outcome. Research must be done thoroughly and decisions made without delay for expedient justice. Interpreting and applying the law accurately is an art, and something I work on every day.
Protect individual rights and safety of the community
The District Courts are the People's Courts, meaning that it's closest to the average person in Troy and Clawson. As a prosecutor, I try not to lose sight of those common sense and real world concerns. I seek to protect the rights of the person before me, but those rights must be balanced by the safety of the community. I seek to help everyone by trying to help them but demanding accountability.
Judge fairly and impartially
Judges should put the people first, balancing the people and issues against the legal outcome. The first goal of a judge should be to seek to protect the community, which is what I have sought to do in my over two decades of public service as a prosecutor.