Retain The Honorable Rob Philyaw

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

We, the families, parents and youth of Hamilton County are fortunate beyond merit and far beyond measure, in having the Honorable Rob Philyaw as our Juvenile Court judge.  An exemplary citizen, Judge Philyaw has proven himself to be a man of noble character, integrity and uncompromising values.  Judge Philyaw is an outspoken advocate of the communities, in which he has the pleasure of serving, and remains a tireless servant toward the improvement thereof.  His Honor is demonstratively passionate about his goal of “strengthening communities one family at a time.”    

During his tenure on the bench, Judge Philyaw has implemented Youth Court, a peer-related exposure to the juvenile judicial experience.  Early intervention courts have been established, to identify and assist at-risk teens at an earlier age, thereby allowing positive, constructive external reinforcement. Protecting the community with firm sanctions applied to those who reject rehabilitation, while maintaining the balance of restorative justice, has been…and will continue to be a priority of the bench.  Recognition, Responsibility, Rehabilitation, Restitution, Restoration and Reward are hallmarks of the juvenile justice journey, according to the judge. 

His Honor is profoundly supportive of our community schools, giving generously of his time and resources.  Judge Philyaw is active in his spiritual community, having served various leadership roles therein.  In addition to his unwavering devotion to his wife, children and extended family,
our Juvenile Court judge is actively mentoring an inner-city high school student…an experience providing boundless mutual benefit.    

For more than a decade, my family and I have had the distinct honor of knowing Judge Philyaw, on both a personal and professional level.  During such time, we have forged a deep and genuine friendship with the Philyaw family…a friendship we count among our greatest treasures.  Perhaps no other court deals with the complexity of familial issues, juvenile relationships and potentially volatile interactions thereof, than that of our Juvenile Court.  In every sense of the concept, from his humble spirit to his impartial and unbiased administration of juvenile law, Rob Philyaw personifies the Judeo-Christian concept of the “servant-leader.”   

As a community resident, husband, father, taxpayer…and as a concerned citizen for all Hamilton County families and youth, I invite you to join me in supporting the retention of Judge Rob Philyaw, Juvenile Court judge.  I thank you in advance, for your vote, Thursday, Aug. 7.   

Robert Ray Stewart
Hamilton County Resident




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