It's time for a judge who is committed to equity and personal accountability.
It's time for a judge who is intellectual and not afraid of an inconvenient truth.
It's time for a judge who sees potential in all and the value of freedom.
Dear Distinguished Voters of the City of Rochester:
You occupy the most critical office of our municipal government. When you make your voice heard, the City of Rochester makes progress. When you participate in law and government, our local courts produce true justice. As an attorney I have worked alongside you, representing you, your families, your businesses, your organizations and causes, and your public agencies and officials. So many of you have encouraged me to run for Rochester City Court over the years. The time has come for me to answer your call. The time has come for A NEW GENERATION OF JUSTICE.
I am proud and humbled to seek the Democratic Party's nomination for the office of Rochester City Court Judge. I am uniquely qualified to serve on the Rochester City Court bench because my life experiences comprise an improbable story of triumph over adversity. I have experienced the worst and the best of our city. I have successfully navigated the hazards so many of our young people face. Because of my special journey, which took me from the roughest neighborhoods of our city to the most prestigious institutions of our country, and which allowed me to experience the perspectives of so many different communities, I can both relate to and inspire every person who could appear before me if I am so blessed to work for you as your next Rochester City Court Judge.
I currently serve our community as a trial attorney with the Harris Beach law firm. During my tenure at Harris Beach I've fought to protect local companies from unfair competition, to ensure local public agencies properly administer taxpayer dollars, to safeguard the civil rights of employees, to make sure the parental rights of both single moms and single dads are recognized, and to make sure both the criminally accused and the convicted are treated with human dignity, fairness and respect by the government.
Before joining Harris Beach in 2013, I prosecuted crime for the Monroe County District Attorney and Ithaca City Prosecutor pursuant to special law student practice orders awarded to me by the Appellate courts of our state. I've actually been litigating cases in Rochester City Court since 2004 when I became a teen attorney in the Rochester Teen Court program, in which I served as both a prosecutor and defense attorney on real alternative sentencing cases involving real juvenile criminal defendants. My experiences in Rochester Teen Court taught me the awesome power of positive peer pressure, restorative justice, and alternatives to incarceration.
I am a Rochester native who grew up poor on the city's west side. I currently reside on the northeast side of the city, near the intersection of Portland Avenue and Norton Street. I was raised by a single mom who struggled to keep a roof over my and my older brothers' heads. My family moved frequently around the city's west side throughout my childhood to avoid evictions. I recall doing my homework under candlelight on many occasions because my family couldn't pay the power bill. I also know the impact the imprisonment of a loved one can have on families. My big brother was incarcerated in the Monroe County Jail for a time during my childhood, leaving a huge void in my family. I'm grateful for all those difficult times because they made my family and I stronger and closer. They also motivated me to invest in my education. I am a proud graduate of the Rochester City School District.
Despite the odds given my childhood poverty, I earned degrees from Harvard University and Cornell University, two of the most prestigious and progressive institutions of higher learning in the world. Although I graduated law school almost $130,000 in student loan debt, I came right back to Rochester after completing my education to practice law, passing up lucrative opportunities in bigger cities, because Rochester is home and because I love our city and all of you. With good people in positions of power helping others learn and grow from their mistakes, there is nothing our community can't accomplish.
I believe in compassion and forgiveness because I know what it's like to struggle and fall short. I also know what it is to jump the highest hurdles and achieve truly incredible feats over incredible odds. That proven ability to accomplish the impossible is exactly what we need in a Rochester judge. I believe in hard work. I believe in redemption. I will bring empathy, understanding, hope, and high expectations for myself and others to the bench as your next Rochester City Court Judge.
I humbly ask for your support as we work together toward A NEW GENERATION OF JUSTICE.
2019 Candidate for Rochester City Court Judge
"Despite the odds given my childhood poverty, I earned degrees from Harvard University and Cornell University, two of the most prestigious and progressive institutions of higher learning in the world. Although I graduated law school almost $130,000 in student loan debt, I came right back to Rochester after completing my education to practice law, passing up lucrative opportunities in bigger cities, because Rochester is home and because I love our city and all of you." -- Aaron Frazier
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