2022 Election: Cecilia Oseguera, District Court Candidate

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Cecilia Oseguera is a candidate for Seat 18 of District Court 26 in 2022.

Photo by Mitchell Kearney

Political party: democrat

Age as of November 8, 2022: 47

Campaign website: Osegueraforjudge.com

E-mail: [email protected]

Occupation: Lawyer

Education: UCLA, Whittier College School of Law

Have you ever been a candidate in an election? (Please list former offices searched): Nope

Please list your civic engagement highlights:

I am a mentor and volunteer at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools, and School Communities.

Name two personal traits that best qualify you to be a Mecklenburg County judge?

I am conscientious and disciplined.

Are the courts racially fair? If yes, explain why. If not, indicate the specific actions you would take to change this.

The courts are not always racially fair. Judges take an oath to be fair and impartial, but some research on the subject shows that implicit biases can interfere with their judgment, which harms some people. The majority of judges receive training on implicit biases, but education alone does not completely solve the problem. Judges should continue training on implicit biases and also make conscious efforts to unlearn past misinformation and strive for more objective and fair rulings.

Why should the public, the government or the defendant believe that you will be a competent judge?

I have served the public for the past 20 years as a legal aid attorney, federal public defender and trial attorney. I have a comprehensive understanding of the law. I understand how to apply the law fairly and have treated clients, opposing counsel, the Court and the public with respect and dignity. I plan to continue my public service as a district court judge.

Is there an area where you disagree with your party? Why?

Within a party, members’ positions on issues vary. Before taking a position on an issue, I strive to understand the issue from different perspectives and make decisions based on research, facts and life experiences.

What separates you from your main opponent(s)?

I have appeared in court every week for 20 years. I bring significant litigation and courtroom experience. I am also a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.

What professional or political achievement are you most proud of?

In February, my colleagues at the Mecklenburg County Bar voted for me as their first choice to fill the vacant seat in Seat 18 of the Mecklenburg County District Court, the seat for which I am currently running in this primary. In March, I also submitted my notice of candidacy for this seat. It is with humility and honor that I stand as a District Court Judge and I am very proud of this accomplishment.


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