Howard Superior Court 3 Judge Doug Tate announced this week he will seek a third term as judge in next year’s election.
Tate, a Republican, is a lifelong resident of Kokomo. He took the bench in 2003 after narrowly defeating Judge David Cox. In 2008, he ran unopposed.
Tate oversees small claims filings, civil cases, traffic citations and misdemeanor criminal cases including most OWI’s. His court is one of the busiest in the county with an average caseload of more than 12,000 filings.
Since he took office, his focus has been to move each case along in a fair but efficient manner, the judge said.
When he took office, he had a backlog of nearly 10,000 pending cases. At the end of 2012, there were just under 3,000 pending cases.
Tate has also focused on reducing the court’s budget, assisting in the drug and alcohol program, as well as expanding the community service program. In addition, Tate implemented the “Driving with a License Program,” which helps people who are taking steps to get their driver’s license reinstated.
A 1989 graduate of Indiana University, he received his law degree at Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1992.
If re-elected, Tate said he intends to build on the accomplishments of the court over the past decade and to continue to operate a court that is both fair and efficient.