It took a surprising amount of work, but the first short campaign video is now on YouTube. I’ve posted a complete transcript below. Let me know what you think by commenting below, on YouTube, or on Facebook.
Hello. I’m Brian Hagerty, and I’m running for Hennepin County District Judge.
Folks often ask me about my judicial philosophy. Typically, they want to know whether, as a judge, I’ll decide cases like a liberal or like a conservative. My answer is “Neither.”
If a judge’s personal politics show through in that judge’s work, then the judge is doing it wrong. A judge’s personal politics come into play if the judge is results-oriented—in other words, if the judge asks in each case, “Who should win,” and then reasons backwards.
But the best judges are not results-oriented. The best judges ask in each case, “What’s the right answer?” And the best judges reach that right answer even if they don’t personally like it.
This judicial mindset is very different from the mindset of a typical lawyer. A lawyer’s job is not to find the right answer—it’s to be an advocate for the result that serves their client. And new judges often remark on the challenge of switching from the mindset of an advocate to the mindset of a judge.
I don’t face that challenge, because I’ve spent virtually my entire legal career working for judges. I’ve been approaching cases from an impartial, non-results-oriented perspective for close to ten years. And I am looking forward to putting my experience to work for the people of Hennepin County as a district judge.
Please visit my website for more information. And please vote in the primary on Tuesday, August 12th, and in the general election on Tuesday, November 4th.
Thanks very much for watching.