by Thomas Miller Republican Candidate for Probate Judge As you're reading this, you might be saying something like this, "Why should I care who the probate judge is? I never see the probate judge in the news. The probate judge doesn't vote on the budget or what the law will be. Who cares?" What you may not realize, however, is that we live in a state where every other kind of judge is appointed by the governor. The probate judge is the only elected judge in Connecticut. Because of this, he or she presides over the most local and personal court left in Connecticut. At some point, it will touch the life of everyone living in Milford and Orange, including you. If elected, I would strive to provide the most personal and efficient service possible and do everything in my power to keep the probate court a local and community-oriented institution. I was born and raised in Milford. Though I did not attend law school in Connecticut, I knew exactly where I wanted to come back to once I graduated - the "small city with a big heart" is and always will be my true home. When I decided to open my own solo legal practice, I knew exactly where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. I pride myself on being a "small-town lawyer" who handles a variety of legal matters, not just probate law. The many fields of law often overlap, and a broad knowledge of the different fields is essential to being a practitioner of the law as well as a judge. For instance, a probate judge often must oversee the sale of a house, which requires a knowledge of real estate law. In addition to being a local lawyer (my office is located on the Milford Green), I am an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University (my college alma mater) and an active member of this community. I serve on the Board of Directors of the local Boys and Girls Club, an organization dedicated to providing our youth with all the tools they need to succeed. I also serve as a coach in Milford's youth recreational basketball league and as a Justice of the Peace. A probate judge must know the law, fairly and justly apply it, and understand the unique needs of the community he or she serves. If elected, my promise to you is to always do these three things. Any elected position, especially a judgeship, is about service. Regardless of the outcome of this election, I look forward to continuing to serve this community. On November 4, if you vote for Tom Miller, you will be voting for a local lawyer for your local court. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I can be reached by phone at 203-283-1270 or by email at Tom@TheMilfordLawyer.com.