Rob Philyaw Truly Cares For Our Youth

Saturday, August 2, 2014

For 27 years I have worked with at-risk adolescents in a variety of settings. For the last 15 years I have served as the regional director of the YMCA’s YCAP program that intervenes in the lives of young people who are struggling academically and behaviorally.  My wife Paula and I have raised 19 foster children. A great deal of my time every day is spent in the Hamilton County Juvenile Courts.

The older I get the more I realize the brevity of this life. The reality is this isn’t home for any of us, we are all just passing through. For that simple reason it is vitality important that all of us do all we can in our own lifetime to impact the lives of other people. One of the ways we can impact others is to make sure we elect the right people to serve us as elected servants.

Rob Philyaw was appointed by our Hamilton County Commissioners to finish the unexpired term of our former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge. Now Judge Philyaw is seeking to be elected by the citizens of Hamilton County to a full term as Juvenile Court Judge. I will vote for, and encourage everyone to vote for Rob Philyaw for Juvenile Court Judge.

Judge Philyaw is a man of integrity and understands the complex problems than many young people face today. More importantly, Rob Philyaw is a man that loves young people, especially those who are struggling or making bad choices. Over the years in the middle of raising his own children, Rob Philyaw has been involved in the lives of many youngsters mentoring them, encouraging them, holding them accountable and just loving on them. He continues to do that today even though he is currently serving as our judge, he continues to be involved in making a difference in children and families lives away from the bench.

Given my own experience and work with so many kids over the years, I can speak with authority; “ Impact the lives of others, Vote for Rob Philyaw, Juvenile Court Judge.”

Joe Smith


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