Judge David M. Parrott, 54, of Van Buren Township, announces that he is seeking reelection to the 34th District Court bench.
Judge Parrott was first elected in 2002, succeeding then retiring Judge William J. Szlinis, and was reelected in 2008.
“I believe I’ve dispensed justice fairly and firmly, with compassion and understanding. I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the community and I am excited to have this opportunity,” said Judge Parrott.
The 34th Judicial District covers Belleville, Huron, Romulus, Sumpter, and Van Buren, including Metro and Willow Run Airports and the Lower Huron, Oakwood and Willow Metroparks. The 34th District is one of the busiest district courts in Michigan.
Judge Parrott is active in the community, being selected the Noble Hamrick Member of the Year by the Huron Valley Conservation Association for 2005 and currently serves as its vice president.
He is a certified hunter safety instructor and organizes an annual hunter safety course for the HVCA. Judge Parrott was also selected as the Belleville Boys and Girls Club 2007-2008 Outstanding Volunteer Leader. He is an active member of the Belleville Rotary Club, having served as president in 2012-13, is the president of the Donahey (Belleville) Boys and Girls Club advisory council, as well as a member of the Romulus Boys and Girls Club advisory council, and belongs to the Belleville Area and Greater Romulus Chambers of Commerce, the BYC and Van Buren Eagles.
Judge Parrott has just completed four years of service on the Belleville Moose Board of Officers, where he helped guide that organization out of financial distress and into its new home in Sumpter’s former PNA Hall.
Acknowledging their years of service and contributions, the Sumpter Parks and Recreation Commission has invited Judge Parrott, together with his colleagues Judge Tina Brooks Green and Judge Brian A. Oakley, to be the Grand Marshals for the Sumpter Country Fest Parade this Memorial Day weekend.
Professionally, Judge Parrott is a member of the American Judicature Society, the American Constitution Society, serves on the Board of Governors of the American Judges Association and served as treasurer, secretary, vice president and president of the Wayne County District Judges Association.
He is also a member of the Michigan Court Forms Committee, where he helps to develop simple, understandable forms to facilitate the public’s access to the legal system. Judge Parrott values history and is a member of the Yankee Air Museum and life member of the Belleville Historical Society. In his free time Judge Parrott enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, skiing, and runs regularly.
According to Judge Parrott, “With the support of my colleagues, Chief Judge Tina Brooks Green and Judge Brian Oakley, we have developed specialty court programs to address specific needs in the community. In addition to our very successful work program where defendants repay their debts to society through community service, I am responsible for the domestic violence court while Judge Green oversees sobriety court and Judge Oakley the juvenile diversion court.
“My batterers court program concentrates on rehabilitating violent offenders using a carrot-and-stick approach. We have had great success in each of these areas and will continue guiding offenders in breaking the cycle of failure to become productive, law-abiding citizens.
“I hope the residents of the 34th District allow me to continue this most important work by electing me to another six-year term.”
Judge Parrott’s reelection is supported by many elected officials. He urges everyone to exercise their right to vote this year in the Aug. 5 primary and Nov. 4 general elections. Judge Parrott looks forward to meeting with members of the community, discussing concerns and answering questions people may have.
There is more information about Judge Parrott on his Facebook page, facebook.com/reelectjudgeparrott .