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Gazette opinion: Pierce’s good judgment will help keep Yellowstone County safe

​Juli Pierce has been working hard to protect Yellowstone County for the past 14 years — as a prosecutor of violent criminals, as a tireless advocate for abused children, as a treatment court team member and as a community volunteer.

Her extensive experience in Montana’s busiest judicial district makes Pierce the ideal candidate for District Court judge in Department 8 — one of two new judgeships that will be created in January. These new judges will have to hit the ground running in a district that by national standards actually needs seven more judges to handle its large and growing caseload.
Pierce is the candidate with the experience in high volume, public scrutiny and tough decision-making to handle this crucial job with the common sense, fairness, and timeliness and that the people of Yellowstone County expect. We encourage voters to support Pierce.

​Gazette opinion: Davies leads in judicial experience
Yellowstone County is home to Montana’s busiest District Court. Our six judges each wrangle more than double the caseload considered a full load. In fact, an independent evaluation conducted for the Supreme Court Administrator's Office two years ago said the court needed seven more judges. The Legislature funded two.
In Department 7, Colette Davies is the only candidate with judicial experience. Davies served for more than five years in an even busier court — as a Billings municipal judge appointed by Mary Jane Knisely, who was then the elected municipal judge.
Yellowstone County needs such common-sense thinking in our courts. Colette Davies has the greatest experience to serve well as the district judge in Department 7. She will be ready to preside over that 500-and-growing caseload on Jan. 2.​
Pierce will be excellent judge
: by Lyndie Jolly, Billings
​​​I am submitting this letter as an endorsement for Juli Pierce, a candidate for the Yellowstone County District Court Judge.

Pierce brings over 13 years’ experience as a prosecutor in Yellowstone County and is a Billings native.

She works tirelessly to improve the lives in our community, both through her legal work and her volunteer efforts. Her years of experience, broad legal background, and experience working as a Child Protective Services social worker and president of the board of Center for Children and Families make her uniquely qualified to address the challenges facing our community and to understand the needs of local families.

As a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, I have been able to work closely with Pierce on a few sexual assault cases, including a high-profile case she prosecuted to a successful conviction.

I have witnessed firsthand Pierce’s professionalism, fairness, and dedication to her practice and the community.

Therefore, I have no doubt that Pierce will make an exceptional judge and that she will serve our community with impartiality and integrity. Please join me in voting for Juli Pierce.

​Support Davies for Yellowstone County District Courtby Lucinda Feddes, Billings
​It has been my privilege to know Colette Davies for the past five years, and I have the utmost trust, respect and admiration for her. I believe she would make an exceptional District Court judge for Yellowstone County.

Several years ago, I was in a terrible accident which left me hospitalized for three weeks. For some time afterwards, I was unable to care for myself, much less navigate insurance concerns and legal issues. Colette willingly stepped in to be my champion and to advocate for my best interests during a time of great vulnerability. She was professional, compassionate and always showed the highest levels of integrity. She also has an immense knowledge of the law, and her analytical skills, legal writing and dedication are unparalleled.

Colette possesses that rare combination of grace and gumption. She has a fierce love for her family and a desire to help her clients and community. She constantly looks for the good in everyone and in every situation. All of these are admirable qualities that make her a remarkable person and that will make her an incredible district court judge.

Vote Colette Davies for district court judge this November.