Judge Cramer Seeks to Serve the Community
MIDDLEBOURNE – Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Cramer said he fairness and integrity are important qualities a judge should have.
Appointed to fill a vacancy created by retirement, Judge Cramer seeks a full term on the bench.
“Judges must possess a deep sense of responsibility and desire to provide all parties who come before the court a fair and just result pursuant to the law,” he said. “Judges must have the work-ethic to keep cases moving through the docket. Judges must be tough but compassionate and at times merciful. Judges must be open-minded, yet decisive. Judges must have integrity and honor. I believe that I have these qualities. I hope the reputation I am building on the bench bears this out. But reputations cannot be dictated by those who benefit, they evolve and are earned in a community over time.”
Cramer left his position as Marshall County prosecutor in June when Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed him to replace Judge Mark Karl.
Due to a new law that took effect this year, judicial elections in West Virginia are now non-partisan. That means judicial races will be decided in the May 10 primary.
Cramer is running against John Artimez and David Hummel, both of Moundsville.
In the six months Cramer has served, he has overseen cases not only in Marshall County, but in Tyler and Wetzel counties.
Before serving as judge, Cramer worked with the prosecutor’s office for 16 years, during which time he served as chief prosecutor from 2006 until his appointment in 2015.
Cramer said not only his conviction rate as a prosecutor best qualifies him to serve as judge, but other less quantifiable yet no less important.
“I suppose the easy thing to do in response to this question would be to throw out statistics about how many years I’ve been a lawyer, how many cases I’ve tried, my conviction rate as a prosecutor, how many community groups I’m a member of nowadays, or maybe better yet, the fact that I’ve actually been doing the job,” he said. “But the truth be told, after being on the bench I’ve come to realize that none of those things are what really makes a judge. Sure, intelligence, experience and a firm grasp on the law are requisites, but I believe more importantly a judge must have certain qualities that simply don’t appear on a resume.”
Cramer asks people to vote for him because he cares about the communities he serves.
“You should vote for me because I have a genuine care for this community,” he said. “I’ve spent virtually my entire professional career serving the citizens of Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler Counties. As Chief Prosecutor in Marshall County and many, many times as Special Prosecutor for Wetzel and Tyler Counties. Further, for my entire life I’ve been a part of our community. I’ve lived here, worked here and I am raising a family here. I’ve supported our community events, coached our children and tried to do what’s best for us, not just when running for elections, but always.”
Cramer said his passion for being about public servant can be attributed to his desire to make a difference in the lives of children and families.
“One of the greatest things any man can do is make a difference in the life of a child,” he said. “I live and work every day with that thought in mind. As a father of a young son myself, almost everything I do, I do for him. As a Judge I have that same opportunity all too often in Child Abuse and Neglect cases. With the epidemic of illegal drug use in our community, I see firsthand the terrible effects it has on the children of the users. As a prosecutor, I prosecuted many child abusers, as Judge, I am able to make sure those children are well taken care of and get the best opportunity possible for a good life. If I’m on the bench 18 months or 18 years, the best thing I’ve ever been a part of as a lawyer or judge has been granting the adoption of abused or neglected children into loving, permanent families. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”