Meet the Candidate: Mark Reeves - Superior Court Judge Division 1
The Yuma Sun is spotlighting the candidates ahead of the Nov. 6 general election. Mark Wayne Reeves is are the candidate running unopposed for Yuma County Superior Court Judge, Division 1. Check out past editions of Meet the Candidates online at www.YumaSun.com/Elections.
Name: Mark Wayne Reeves
Office running for: Superior Court Judge, Division 1
Education: University of Southern California (USC)
Employment: A Superior Court judge for approximately six years; presided over criminal and civil calendars and adult drug court for more than five years; in April 2012 transferred to Juvenile Court, presiding over juvenile drug court and handling delinquencies, incorrigibles, dependencies, termination of parental rights and adoptions.
What do you think is the biggest challenge right now facing Yumans, and how would you change it? There are many challenges to our community. As a Superior Court judge now assigned to Juvenile Court, I am endeavoring to create and foster a constructive influence in Juvenile Court that includes promoting and encouraging education, endorsing rehabilitation, striving to create a drug-free juvenile population through drug court and probation, applying measured sanctions designed to effect a positive change in the juvenile population while protecting the community.
Additionally, with respect to the dependency actions in which children are under the care, custody and control of the Arizona Department of Economic Security until a parent can demonstrate that he or she might be able to parent, the court is always keeping in mind the primary goal, which is the best interest of the child standard. Finally, the court is privileged to be involved in the adoption process where children are adopted by stepparents, foster parents, relatives and others concerned with the growth, development, physical and emotional needs of children.