Judicial, not political

Judicial not political

Dedication ⭑ Experience ⭑ Integrity

My Words

“El mundo no te define a ti, tu defines a tu mundo.”  Those were the words of my grandfather as they echoed through the voice of my father, the words told me as a young man in Mexico, explaining the importance of being part of something bigger than myself.  “The world doesn’t define you; you define the world around you.”  I choose to define the process of running for a seat on the Court of Common Pleas as a process centered around people who want to serve their community and engage in work based on the concepts of truth, fairness, and equality – not partisanship or politics.  I am a career public servant who believes in the importance of an independent judiciary that must be judicial, not political. I would bring to the Court of Common Pleas my unique background and perspective along with my combination of dedication, experience, and integrity, from my years protecting the most vulnerable members of our society, fighting for those who have no champion and bringing justice to those who have been denied it.

As a career public servant, I have been dedicated to the service of my adopted home country and county.  My family has always believed that when you are more fortunate than others you have a duty, obligation and responsibility to give back, and I have strived to embody these values throughout my career as a district attorney, where I have fought and protected the citizens of every corner of the County.  I have shunned opportunities to join the private sector to continue to be able to fight for the citizens of Chester County and give back to our community.

“When they come before me, they will find a judge and a courtroom where they will see our most cherished ideals of diversity and inclusion before them, they will see that our ideals of truth, fairness and equality still exist…because all these things still matter and always will in my courtroom.”

My experience as a prosecutor over the past 18 years includes handling every type of case imaginable, from DUI cases to domestic violence to sexual assault to the worst possible scenario, murder cases.  I have prosecuted over 20 homicide cases, including eight murder cases.  I have served as lead counsel in over 80 jury trials, 15 bench trials and thousands of other matters before various Courts (Click here to learn more about my experience).  My work has been recognized with such prestigious awards as the Prosecutor of the Year and has earned me promotions from Assistant District Attorney to Deputy District Attorney to now Senior Deputy District Attorney, where I am responsible for Major Crime investigations including violent firearm offenses attempted homicides and homicides.  But my greatest professional honor has been training all new Assistant District Attorneys since 2013 and helping them achieve the most of their talents and abilities by teaching them what it means to be a prosecutor who must handle every case with the utmost integrity.

“I would bring to the Court of Common Pleas my unique background and perspective along with my combination of dedication, experience, and integrity, from my years protecting the most vulnerable members of our society, fighting for those who have no champion and bringing justice to those who have been denied it.”

The cornerstone of being a prosecutor is integrity.  From the moment they first start I ask all new hires a single question: what is your job as a district attorney?  I have heard different answers from fighting for victims, doing justice or protecting citizens.  All of those responses are accurate, but I tell new prosecutors that their job, distilled to its most fundamental description, is to do the right thing no matter what that may be.  As District Attorneys we represent all the citizens of this county including witnesses, victims and even defendants.  We owe a responsibility to all of them to treat them fairly, responsibly, and equally.  I believe that these are not simply words, but a mantra and a code by which we must abide in all our cases.

I will continue to abide by that code as a judge.  I will continue to serve the citizens of Chester County by applying the law impartially and faithfully.  I do not seek to be a “Democrat judge” or “Republican judge,” but to be a judge for all of us.  Because the people who come into court do not appear as Democrats or Republicans, but rather as real people with real stories and real problems who want real solutions.  And because of that when they come before me, they will find a judge and a courtroom where they will see our most cherished ideals of diversity and inclusion before them, they will see that our ideals of truth, fairness and equality still exist, they will see our ideals of dedication, experience and integrity still matter, because all these things still matter and always will in my courtroom.  That is how I intend to continue to serve the people of Chester County if given the opportunity to be a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.  “Asi defino a mi mundo.”  That is how I define my world.

Carlos Barraza

“I choose to define the process of running for a seat on the Court of Common Pleas as a process centered around people who want to serve their community and engage in work based on the concepts of truth, fairness, and equality – not partisanship or politics.”

– Carlos Barraza

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