Although the election for judge of probate may not seem like the hottest item on the ballot, it is something that deserves your attention.

I have known Charlie Kahill and his family for more than 20 years, and there is not a more qualified person to represent Cumberland County in this position. Charlie’s extensive background and experience in probate law prepare him well for this role, but more importantly, his character and disposition are a perfect match.

To be a good judge, one needs to listen, be thorough, demonstrate fairness, be thoughtful and know the law. Charlie’s law practice has been primarily in the probate court for the past 20 years, with probate work extending for more than 30. Probate includes wills, estates, adoptions, guardianships (including protection of minor asylum seekers) and name changes (also involving gender identity).

Charlie’s mediation skills can help families in the healing process where conflict and challenge can easily arise. Most importantly is that Charlie truly lives by his values. His family has provided homes for those in need, including a young refugee who was one of my students. Still in contact today, Michael speaks of the guidance and fatherly attitude that Charlie provided, more than a home but also a family for over two years.

I’ve been an instructor for 14 years of refugees/asylum seekers (and I’m the mom of a young man from Rwanda); Charlie has been a regular attendant at my students’ presentations of “Sacred Stories,” quietly supporting the challenges they face.

This is a man who does not just talk the talk but walks the walk, living the values he espouses. I urge you to vote in the June 12 Democratic primary for Charlie Kahill as judge of probate.

Rosemarie De Angelis

South Portland

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