CHARLESTON – Citing her "commitment to public safety," the West Virginia state police Troopers Association has endorsed Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis for re-election.
Association President Doug Gunnoe told Davis his organization is "eager to work with" Justice Davis "to address critical issues that concern the public safety of our communities.
"We will encourage our membership and their families to be involved in your campaign," Gunnoe said in a news release.
"I am most grateful to work with the state police and to have their active backing for another term on the Supreme Court," Davis said.
"The work of our men and women of the state police is so important all across West Virginia, and they want justices on the Supreme Court who respect the law and rule with predictability, stability and fairness."
The most senior justice on the high court, Davis was elected in 1996 to an unexpired term and re-elected in 2000 to a full term. She has served as chief justice five times and introduced numerous procedural reforms to the judiciary.
Most recently, Davis launched a statewide anti-truancy and drop-out prevention program, working with educators, circuit court personnel and law enforcement in all 55 West Virginia counties.
"Keeping students in the classroom keeps them out of my courtroom," Davis has said, citing the link between truancy and juvenile delinquency.
Democrats Davis and attorney Tish Chafin are running for two seats in the 2012 Supreme Court race. Circuit Judge John Yoder and Supreme Court law clerk Allen Loughry are running on the Republican ticket.