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Letters to the Editor

I am voting for Amanda Benjamin for Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge and I urge you to join me in voting for her. I have known pro tem Judge Benjamin since she was a deputy district attorney here in Lincoln County. I’ve worked very closely with pro tem Judge Benjamin and saw, firsthand, her vast knowledge of the law. I also saw her ability to apply the law fairly while maintaining an extremely high level of integrity and professionalism.

As the current pro tem Judge she hit the ground running. Her brilliance in case law became evident immediately as she was able to step into the very big shoes of retired Judge Sanders and immediately make an impact. If my endorsement isn’t enough, please take into consideration that the other two Circuit Court judges in Lincoln County publicly endorse her as well. Your vote is the most important thing in 2020, please join me in voting Amanda Benjamin Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge.

I have known the other candidate for longer than pro tem Judge Benjamin, and she is a nice person. However, this is not a personality contest. it’s about who’s best for the job. Please join me in voting for Amanda Benjamin.

Mike Leake, Newport

**The comments in the foregoing are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the staff and management of NewsLincolnCounty.com.

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In my opinion, the choice is clear

When determining the best choice for a circuit court judge, I look at integrity, experience and endorsements from one’s peers who have worked closely with the candidates. Based on these criteria, Amanda Benjamin is the right choice in her race against Marcia Buckley for Lincoln County circuit judge.

I have studied the prior backgrounds of both candidates and am troubled by some of the cases handled by Marcia Buckley when she served in the district attorney’s office. As far as I am aware, Amanda has had no complaints filed while serving as judge pro tem, but rather has received high praise from her colleagues and fellow judges.

Marcia Buckley has served as a Lincoln County circuit judge for only eight months after being appointed by Gov. Brown to fill Paulette Sanders’ position. It is my understanding that during that short term, she has handled no criminal cases. Amanda Benjamin, on the other hand, has been acting as a Lincoln County circuit judge pro tem for the past 21 months. During that time, she has handled a variety of cases, including many criminal cases.

Amanda Benjamin has the endorsements of Lincoln County’s last three circuit judges — Thomas Branford, Sheryl Bachart and Paulette Sanders. I think these three judges feel not only that Amanda is the most qualified, but that she will be an outstanding judge for Lincoln County. It is my experience that governor appointments are more often than not based on politics, rather than merit. The governor does not always have the same insight into potential judges as our local judiciary has.

In my opinion, the choice is clear. I encourage everyone to get the facts and then cast your vote for Amanda Benjamin for the next Lincoln County circuit judge.

Ken Doerfler Jr.
Newport

**The comments in the foregoing are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the staff and management of NewsLincolnCounty.com.

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