Bill Ponath, the only conservative running for Justice of the Peace in the Desert Ridge precinct, found himself on the other side of the bench last Friday with some pro bono work for a good cause. Richard Chadwick, a disabled veteran who served in both The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army from the the early 70’s to the mid 80’s, was about to be evicted from his home in a court hearing last week. Richard’s landlord had died in the middle of his lease, and the lease was taken over by a bank that was not sympathetic to the terms the previous landlord had agreed to with Richard. Richard has severe Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and had been promised a peaceful place to live there. Due to months of unexpected loud construction, the prior landlord promised to waive some of his rent. Bill accompanied him to the Encanto Justice Court, talked to the judge and opposing counsel, and was able to get an extension until Richard has found somewhere else to live.
Bill is running on a platform of reform for the judicial administration to avoid unnecessary, drawn out delays during criminal trials; simplification of eviction actions to ensure that both landlords’ and renters’ rights are protected; and uniformity of pleadings and procedures to enable the average citizen to understand what his/her rights and responsibilities are to each other and to the court. To get involved in the campaign and see what is happening, check out Bill’s website at ponath4jp.com.
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