Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 27
Political experience: Ran for circuit judge in 2016; member, Alabama Democratic Executive Committee, 2006-2010.
Professional Experience: May Law Firm, 2008-present; May & Green, LLC, 2000-2008; special Circuit Court judge, 2004-present; special District Court judge, 2006-present; has served as judge pro tem for Birmingham, Adamsville, and Homewood; Law Offices of Edward E. May, 1996-2000; Law Offices of Alaric May, 1995-1996; member, Georgia, Alabama, National and Birmingham Bar associations.
Education: Bachelor’s, University of Alabama, 1992; juris doctorate, University of Florida College of Law, 1995.
Civic Experience: None.
Main Issues: May said one of the main responsibilities of the Circuit Court criminal judgeships is punishment, and sentences should be evaluated in each case based on the crime, the impact on the victim and the defendant’s circumstances. But he said the judgeship’s primary focus should be prevention.
“Currently, our children and communities are being killed and destroyed at an alarming rate. The criminal judge must make a conscious effort to change the mindset and redirect the thought processes of our youth,” he said. “The criminal judge cannot simply wait on our children/defendant(s) to appear in court before attempting to have an impact in our communities. The criminal judge must take an active role on a daily basis interacting with our communities. For a criminal judge to only attempt to become involved from the bench is a disservice to our community.”
Top contributors: Earle Law Firm, $1,250; Maston Evans, $1,050; Griffin Law Firm, LLC, $1,000; Iron Workers Local 92 P.A.L., $1,000; G. Courtney French, $1,000; Cedrick Coleman, $800; Christopher Burell, $750; Synetta Allen, $650; Tekiyah Bohannon, $650; Browder Law Office, $500.