Kim Shaw put a lot of thought into her decision to run for associate circuit judge.
"I was approached by some members of the local bar about it (running for judge)," Shaw said. "I had to consider it very seriously, and after months of thought I decided that I was qualified to do that job."
PERSONAL: Age 49. Married to Chuck Brown. Has a son, Matthew Shaw, and two step-sons, James and Ross Brown.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat
OCCUPATION: Attorney at Boone County Public Defender’s office
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in business, Columbia College; juris doctorate, MU.
BACKGROUND: Former district defender, nine years practicing private law, former public defender in Cape Girardeau County.
At the top of her list of qualifications is the time she's spent working as a lawyer in Boone County and Missouri.
"I’ve worked as an attorney for over 20 years," Shaw said. "I’ve practiced in all areas of the law that regularly is heard by circuit judges. I think being on the other side of the bench. ... I have a good view of what I feel is important in the courtroom."
Part of her decision to run was based on the growth of Columbia and the surrounding area.
"Our community is growing and changing," Shaw said. "It’s important to me that our community stays safe and that we adjust to the changes and the growth."
Shaw said she plans to keep a few guidelines in mind if she is elected.
"Attorney, client, victim, witness—all should be treated with dignity and respect," she said. "All facts should be heard and considered and the law is followed, setting aside your personal opinions and beliefs."