As a member of the of the LGBTQ+ community, Wade understands discrimination has no place in a courtroom. All people must be equal before the law. There is no justice when the rich are treated more favorably than the poor, or if anyone is treated differently on account of their race, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability status, family connections, or job title.
Wade believes each person is more than a designation like “defendant” or “plaintiff” or “witness.” When any individual steps into the courtroom, they bring their life experiences with them. Each person is entitled to dignity, respect, and the chance to have their voice heard.
Wade understands the justice system exists to keep streets safe and prevent people from injuring others physically, emotionally, and economically. Victims are entitled to justice. However, punishments must be rehabilitative and not punitive. Wade believes that to the greatest extent possible, people should be given the opportunity for a second chance and the means to pursue a better path moving forward.
Wade believes criminal justice reform is needed in our society. Wade supports diversionary programs for non-violent offenders.
Drug addiction and the opioid crisis is a scourge to society. However, Wade believes the courts should never lose sight of the fact that every addict is a person with a family. Wade supports court ordered interventions that seek to help the victims of drug addiction to recover and become productive members of society.
Wade believes that the act of sentencing a person or issuing a judgment is a solemn and serious event. Each sentence or judgment must be fair and tied to the facts of each individual case.
Wade vows to come to each case with an open mind. He will listen to the facts presented and make a determination based on the whole picture.