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Letters to the Editor….

Letter to the Editor:
I have been friends with Marcia Buckley since we attended law school together many decades ago.  Judge Buckley is a hard worker who has the right experience and temperament to continue to serve the citizens of Lincoln County as a Circuit Court Judge.
Upon taking office as the Lincoln County District Attorney in 2009, I hired Marcia Buckley as my Chief Deputy.  During that time, Marcia assigned cases, supervised eight deputy district attorneys, and chaired our Elder Abuse, Disability Abuse, and Sexual Assault Response Teams.  She was also a key member of our Major Crime Team and our Crash Team.  Together, Marcia and I did our part to help modernize the justice system in Lincoln County, introducing problem solving programs to help reduce crime and heal members of our community from the ravages of addiction and mental illness that often feeds into crime.  Indeed, Marcia was a prime driver of what became the Lincoln County Mental Health Court Program.  She is a visionary and a problem solver.
Almost a year ago I was interviewed by a detective who was performing a background check on Marcia Buckley for the Governor’s Office as part of the interview process for the Circuit Court vacancy to which Marcia was later appointed.  I told the investigator Marcia Buckley would make a fantastic judge.  It doesn’t surprise me at all that she has risen to that challenge.  Lincoln County is lucky to have her.
With her extensive experience in both criminal and civil law, and her temperament and vision as a judge, I am proud to join my fellow former Lincoln County District Attorney Dan Glode in recommending that Lincoln County voters retain Judge Marcia Buckley.
Sincerely,
Rob Bovett
Former Lincoln County District Attorney
Salem, Oregon
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Letter to the Editor:

LINCOLN COUNTY NEEDS JUDGE MARCIA BUCKLEY

Governor Brown made a wise and thoughtful decision in appointing Judge Marcia Buckley to the position vacated by the retirement of Judge Paulette Sanders. In nearly a year since assuming office, Judge Buckley has worked hard to eliminate the backlog in civil and family law cases which accumulated during the terms of the other judges who now oppose her candidacy. People who have sought justice in cases filed many years ago have finally received efficient and just resolution through Judge Buckley’s work. She works long hours and has never missed a day despite the Covid-19 Virus limitations.

The Governor chose Judge Buckley from a group of several candidates after careful consideration, research and the counsel of a diverse committee, not simply a handful of courthouse insiders. The Governor found Judge Buckley “well suited to administer equal justice under our laws,” and she was absolutely right.

Judge Buckley’s opponent was not selected for Judge Sanders’ position but was chosen as the
referee/pro tem judge by the current presiding judge.  Ms. Benjamin’s campaign against Judge Buckley is needlessly divisive, and her supporters’ false personal attacks on Judge Buckley demean the office she seeks.

In contrast to Judge Buckley’s nearly thirty years in practice, her opponent has been a member of the bar for only seven years. She has limited experience both in our community and in bar association service. Her background is as a prosecutor, and she has never run her own office. She may be doing excellent work in the referee position, but the knowledge gained from diverse experiences and the wisdom achieved through decades of work on all sides of legal disputes, offers critical balance to a jurist who holds the future of widely varied litigants before her.  Judge Buckley has that knowledge and that wisdom.

Judge Buckley is conscientious, fair, hard working and compassionate. She exhibits the highest standards of ethical conduct and her professionalism is exemplary. She brings passion, dignity and wholehearted commitment to the bench. Judge Buckley has experience both as a civil practitioner and as a prosecutor. She understands the need to balance safety with safeguards, due process with due diligence and community concerns with common sense.

Not only has she served our county well in her decades of practicing law, but also her devotion to countless hours of community service.  She has been the president of the local Rotary chapter, serves as President of the Lincoln County Bar Association and is a member of the Lincoln County Foundation, among other activities. She has also received awards and served on numerous committees of the Oregon State Bar.

Judge Buckley’s opponent appears to be doing well in her current position, but she has lived only a few years in our community. If she continues as the referee, she will be eligible to seek a full judicial appointment next year when Judge Branford retires.

The voters should value the strong community ties and decades of professional service offered by Judge Marcia Buckley. That is why the voters of Lincoln County should elect her for a full term as circuit court judge.

SUSAN ELIZABETH REESE,
NEWPORT ATTORNEY

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