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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
[Amanda Benjamin] has the best judicial demeanor I have ever encountered. It is imperative that a judge is impassive, fair, and measured. ... Judge Benjamin is able, somehow, to be empathetic but tough when she needs to be, without the defendant every feeling a harsh glare or feeling less than. If I could imagine a world with a perfect judicial system, I would literally hire Judge Benjamin first, because I truly believe her heart and mind are in exactly the right place.
- Catherine Hord, Attorney
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"If Amanda Benjamin is elected circuit judge she will become one of the best judges our bench has ever known. She is that talented. She has the support of Judge Branford, Retired Judge Sanders and myself because Lincoln County deserves a judge of her caliber.”
- Judge Sheryl Bachart
"Amanda Benjamin is one of the very best attorneys I have encountered in my 46 years in the legal profession. In addition, for over one year now, she has served as a full-time Pro-Tem Circuit Judge. She has done that with great integrity and respect for all who come into the courtroom. In a word, she is simply extraordinary. She has earned our support in the upcoming election for Circuit Court Judge. Please join me in voting for her. "
- Judge Thomas Branford
"...I am a member of the local parent child representation program team of juvenile dependency/delinquency lawyers. This program places new emphasis on child welfare cases, and the families of such children. Having Judge Benjamin on the bench will be an asset to our work, and to the families we serve in this community."
- Jeff Pridgeon, Attorney
"In my experience working alongside Ms. Benjamin she was dedicated in insuring crime victims were supported, informed and afforded a strong voice throughout the criminal justice process. In addition her preparation, commitment and her knowledge of the rule of law along with her humility, fair and ethical values and intelligence would make her an outstanding circuit court judge."
- Marcia Thompson
"Judge Benjamin has done a spectacular job. I practice juvenile law almost exclusively so I am in her courtroom on a very regular basis. her demeanor on the bench is careful and thoughtful. While she has had a great deal to learn in a very short amount of time, her preparation is evident in court. She also presents a human side which is critical not only in the juvenile area, but in all aspects of the judicial role."
- Alan Reynoldson, Attorney
"I cannot speak highly enough of Ms. Benjamin and her qualities as a judge and as a person. She has earned the respect given to her. She is intelligent, thoughtful, has an incredible work ethic and approaches her job with humility. Outside of work, she is devoted to her family and has strong ties to our community. The integrity she brings to her position is the same she displays in her private life."
- Judge Sheryl Bachart
"No one could have anticipated how quickly and competently Ms. Benjamin made the transition from trial lawyer to trial judge. her demeanor on the bench is firm yet understated. her approach is analytical. her attention to detail is excellent. She has quietly taken a leadership position in interagency meetings. She is likely to be a rising star in the state's judiciary if given the opportunity."
- Jeff Pridgeon, Attorney
"I have been an attorney in New York for 45 years and in Oregon for 20. I've appeared in literally 1000's of hearings and trials and learned the hard way that before a good and fair judge, extraordinary justice can be accomplished and in front of a bad judge, it can be impossible. Amanda Benjamin has already proven that she is exactly the kind of judge Lincoln County deserves."
- Alice Vachss, Attorney and Author
"It is an honor to be one of Judge Benjamin's supporters. I appear in front of her on a daily basis. Judge Benjamin is well-reasoned and fair. She understands the need to use Lincoln County resources wisely with the ultimate goal of protecting the public and ensuring that the individuals who appear in front of her are treated with dignity and respect and to help get them on the path to becoming productive members of our community. It is not always an easy task, but Judge Benjamin is committed to doing what is best and just."
- Michael Thornicroft, Attorney
"[Amanda Benjamin] has the best judicial demeanor I have ever encountered. It is imperative that a judge is impassive, fair, and measured. ... Judge Benjamin is able, somehow, to be empathetic but tough when she needs to be, without the defendant every feeling a harsh glare or feeling less than. If I could imagine a world with a perfect judicial system, I would literally hire Judge Benjamin first, because I truly believe her heart and mind are in exactly the right place."
- Catherine Hord, Attorney
As a retired trial attorney, and 1997-1998 President of the Oregon State Bar, I have spoken across the country, and over the years, about how and why a quality, independent judiciary is fundamental to our democracy. I am happy to support Amanda Benjamin for Lincoln Co. Circuit Court. Will you join me?
- Kevin Strever, Retired Attorney
I am in a unique position to recommend Judge Benjamin for Circuit Court Judge because I am one of the few people who have consistently appeared in her courtroom for over a year and can attest to her performance as a judge. I have appeared in front of at least 15 Circuit Court Judges in 5 different counties, both as a victim advocate and a prosecutor. I can honestly say that Judge Benjamin is one of the best judges I have ever encountered.
Elected Lincoln County District Attorney
I know both of the people running for election to fill the position I held and I put my support behind Amanda Benjamin. Amanda Benjamin has all of the qualities that people look for and need in a judge. Handling juvenile cases with children was the work that was closest to my heart. Amanda Benjamin has the same devotion to children and families that I did. Lincoln County needs someone of her caliber on the bench.
Retired Circuit Court Judge
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.
Judge Benjamin has always seemed like she truly cares about what you are saying and listens very well. She has always been very kind and always thanks family for showing up for support which shows she cares. I know who my vote is for Amanda Benjamin!
Certified Pharmacy Technician
Ms. Benjamin is committed to improving the courts response for all people living with mental illness. Ms. Benjamin understands and cares about how court decisions impact our community. Ms. Benjamin is compassionate, has integrity, and is committed.These are the reasons I support Amanda Benjamin for Circuit Court Judge position 2 in Lincoln County.
Former Office Manager Lincoln County DA’s Office, Victim Advocate
Amanda Benjamin (as the currently appointed Pro-Tem Judge) has been doing the job of a full time Circuit Court Judge (filling in for Judge Paulette Sanders) for over 18 months now, and does an outstanding job. Amanda is proven, experienced and respected. Please join me in voting for Amanda Benjamin for Circuit Court Judge.
I had personal experience with Amanda as a family judge. I endorse Amanda Benjamin for Circuit Court Judge because I too believe she is who we need to complete our Circuit Court system for Lincoln County.
In my opinion, based on her outstanding record of work in our court system for nearly 2 years and the recommendation of the sitting judges and the former judge who served in the position she is seeking, Amanda Benjamin is our best choice for judge.
Former Mayor of Newport
In my role as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, I had the opportunity to observe Ms. Benjamin on the bench on a number of occasions. I have been impressed with her thoughtful judicial demeanor and her respect for all parties in the process. I believe that the Mental Health and Wellness Court she coordinated in Lincoln County will play a much needed role in the community.
~Cherie Twohy, Former CASA
Amanda Benjamin was an amazing prosecutor and has been an even better judge since taking the bench as a pro-tem judge for Lincoln county. She currently handles a docket of criminal cases, juvenile cases, and Lincoln county’s Mental Health and Wellness Court. As a deputy district attorney I’ve appeared in front of her many times since she has taken the bench. She is fair, even tempered, and thoughtful in her decision making. We are very lucky to have her. Amanda Benjamin is the perfect choice for circuit court judge, and I hope all my Lincoln county friends join me in voting for her!
~Hollie Boggess, Attorney
I pride myself in being an informed voter and knowing as much as I can about each candidate prior to deciding who to even vote for, let alone endorse. I’ve been fortunate to have observed over twenty different judges in Oregon, including the two running for Seat Two. I’m quite familiar with the qualities needed to be a great judge. I’ve closely observed both candidates; listened to their hearings, read their opinions, carefully considered their work history and my unequivocal, yet informed, decision is to support Judge Amanda Benjamin.
~Ellen Branford Everitt