Vote to continue Iowa’s tradition of fair courts

The Des Moines Register Opinion
October 19, 2016

Iowa has a long and proud tradition of fair courts and decisions upholding the law that are well ahead of their time. Our state has preserved and built upon this tradition over time and, regardless of attacks in recent years by religious extremists, Iowans understand the importance of a judicial system free from politics.

It should come as no surprise that the three Supreme Court justices on the ballot for retention this year receive tremendous support from Iowans. Justice Not Politics recently commissioned a poll that showed a 25 percent lead in favor of the justices. In these divided political times, it is refreshing that Iowans continue to rise above partisanship to protect our fair courts.

Chief Justice Mark Cady, Justice Brent Appel and Justice Darryl Hecht are highly qualified and bring their respected judicial experience to the Supreme Court. The poll results are a reflection of Iowa’s commitment to fair and impartial courts and a recognition that our judiciary should never be part of the partisan political arena.

The Iowa Supreme Court has done great work to bring families together and ensure all Iowans have equal rights. Iowa’s judges are committed to the rule of law and the state’s constitution. Justice Not Politics and our supporters will take nothing for granted, but it is encouraging to see voters continuing their longstanding support of Iowa’s high quality judges.

We encourage every Iowan to turn over their ballot and uphold Iowa’s tradition of supporting fair and impartial courts.

— Connie Ryan, chairperson, Justice Not Politics; executive director, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa