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Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Some of you reading this may know me. Many of you don’t. But because of my legal background, over the years people have asked me for recommendations on judicial races. Here’s mine: Elect and Retain Judge Marcia Buckley.

Briefly: I practiced law in Lincoln County for 35 years and have tried civil and criminal cases in front of judges and juries in courtrooms in many parts of our state. I’ve been before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Federal U.S. District Court of Oregon. In other words, I know more than a few judges. Let me tell you something: Experience and integrity matter.

A trial judge often deals with many issues pertaining to family law and criminal law. Judge Marcia Buckley already has an extensive background in those fields. But because of her experience in private practice, Judge Buckley has also worked in areas of the law that may be of import to you: the buying and selling of a small business, or of real property, preparing wills and estate plans, understanding the implications of state and federal tax law, matters dealing with insurance companies, or contract law.

I don’t doubt Ms. Benjamin, who is employed as a hearings officer by the State of Oregon, is as bright or as upcoming a talent as many of her supporters say. But if you have a legal matter of importance to you that has to go to court–you want someone to hear your case that has the depth of experience in a wide range of fields that Judge Marcia Buckley already has.

In addition to knowing Marcia Buckley for 25 years, I was also opposing counsel to her, inside the courtroom and out. As an attorney, Ms. Buckley was superbly prepared for each case, represented her clients zealously, while at the same time extending every courtesy as was appropriate. She always kept her word. In other words, a true professional. These qualities matter on the bench and Judge Marcia Buckley has them in abundance.

Also of importance is the trust in Judge Marcia Buckley that the leadership of the Oregon State Bar has placed in her. She was selected by the Oregon State Bar to be on the Statewide Disciplinary Board, which supervises and investigates the conduct of lawyers, and she served in this capacity from 2015-2020. Only those lawyers whose experience in the law, and understanding of and adherence to the ethical code would be selected for a position of such trust and responsibility.

Please join me in voting to elect and retain Judge Marcia Buckley. Trusted. Respected. Experienced.

Michele Longo Eder
Attorney, retired
Owner, F/V Timmy Boy

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The views and opinions from the above are strictly those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the staff and management of NewsLincolnCounty.com. Election endorsements of candidates can be e-mailed to News@NewsLincolnCounty.com.

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