Statement by Judge Dana Walton
F. Dana Walton, Superior Court Judge
In seeking re-election as your judge, I present myself as the best qualified person for this office.
While many of you may know me, for those of you who don’t, let me tell you a little about myself. I was raised in Mariposa, attended our local schools, and after military service and college, returned to Mariposa with my family. My wife, Debbie, and I wanted to raise our children here, and now both of our daughters have also returned to Mariposa to raise their families. I have been an active member of the community for the past 38 years. Before serving as your judge, I spent over 21 years practicing as an attorney in this community and surrounding areas in criminal defense, the District Attorney’s Office, and all other case types. I believe that a judge should know his or her community, and I consider it a privilege to call Mariposa my home, and an honor to have served as your Superior Court Judge these past 17 years.
Being a judge in Mariposa County is unique. Unlike judges in larger counties who are only assigned one case type, the two judges in Mariposa County must be prepared on day one of their term to handle any case type, ranging from serious and violent felonies to civil lawsuits. A lack of experience can lead to cases not being heard in a timely fashion, leading to justice being delayed for our citizens, and public safety being jeopardized. I have this experience.
Since taking office, I have lead the court in establishing innovations such as: modern practices and technology; the implementation of the CASA program to support abused and neglected children in court; a diversion program for qualified veterans; and instituting the Self-Help Center. I have also worked proactively with the County to ensure that our courthouse receives needed repairs in order to maintain a safe environment for staff and citizens alike, and for aesthetic purposes, as it is an important public landmark.
I seek your support on June 5th. Vote for experience that counts!