Political Opinion and Endorsement submitted by Anna Semple
It’s time to get serious about doing our homework so we can vote confidently this November.
This is my major plug for Amanda Benjamin for Circuit Court Judge. I’m taking the time to write out my thoughts because I care about our community and who serves us. I have seen Judge Benjamin in action countless times and strongly believe she’s the best choice. This is what I know: she has integrity, is whip-smart, is calm and analytical yet also compassionate, treats everyone with the same respect and open mind, has proven to be an independent and thorough thinker, cares a great deal about children and families, and is a work-horse. Some people just seem to be built for certain things and this is one of those cases. I believe Amanda was made to be a judge.
In my experience, I see just how much crime is committed because of 2 major issues in our society: addiction and mental health struggles. Our county has a Drug Court that strives to divert those with addiction into services and out of the revolving door back into the criminal justice system. The goal is to reduce recidivism (which, by the way, saves us all money) and help people help themselves to become better family members and more productive members of our community.
Judge Benjamin met with community partners and initiated and implemented a Mental Health Court that has similar goals of reducing recidivism and ending the repeat criminal involvement cycle. I’m so impressed with this proactive and compassionate aspect of Judge Benjamin and with her fairness and belief in the dignity of us all.
Currently, Judge Benjamin is serving as pro tem judge, carries a full criminal docket (including Measure 11 criminal trials) and has the endorsement of the 2 elected judges plus Judge Sanders (who vacated the spot up for election). They recognize what it takes to be a great judge and see how our county needs Judge Benjamin.
Pro tem judges are temporary and are renewed annually, should funding be available.
I urge you to vote with me for Amanda Benjamin so we are ensured 6 years of her excellent service and don’t lose such a rare and capable individual to another county. Please take a look at her page, Benjaminforjudge.com, or on Facebook Amanda Benjamin for Judge, to find out more for yourself. Amanda Benjamin for Circuit Court Judge is the right choice for Lincoln County.
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