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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ind. Courts - Muncie City Court judge Dianna Bennington featured

Although the story today by Larry Rley in the Muncie StarPress seems unduly focused on the judge's family life, IMHO, what is also reported in the story is that Judge Bennington has changed the busy city court judgeship into a full-time position:

When she campaigned for the position, she said she’d be a full-time judge, something city court hasn’t seen for awhile. Indiana city court justices are allowed to keep private legal practices, and Bennington’s predecessor did.

“That’s what I ran on,” the judge reminded me [the writer of the story] after the close of court. * * *

She ran as a dissident Democrat, outside the Headquarters organization of her party, which ran a candidate of its own in the May 2011 primary. Other dissidents ran in at least five other races in the city primary that year, but only Bennington and Linda Gregory won.

That fall, Gregory led all voters and Bennington was second in amassing votes. * * *

While filing is a long way off, Bennington also made clear she intends to run for re-election in 2015, and hopes the competency she shows on the bench and the administration of justice she presides over are the primary factors voters look at.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 12, 2013 09:39 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts