|VanDeMark said Benedict’s reputation for honesty, coupled with his strong legal resumé, had driven her decision to endorse him.|
“I know Mike Benedict’s word is everything. He’s honest, and he has the character this job absolutely requires,” VanDeMark said. “Candor is vital. Trustworthiness is essential. In Mike Benedict we have a candidate for judge who possesses those traits.”
Benedict has scored the endorsements of two political parties in his bid for county judge, with both the county Democrats and the Working Families parties backing his candidacy. He will be contesting all lines in the June 23 primary, making the endorsement by the two top Republican women significant.
“Our party has always prided itself in putting character first, and for that reason, every Republican should be voting for Mike Benedict,” Schratz said. “We’re also a party that cares about the family and traditional values, and that, too compels me to vote for Mike. He is a good dad, a good husband, and a good neighbor, who makes time for his kids’ soccer practice and dance recitals. He’s not a politician; he’s just a good man.”
VanDeMark added that, as a professional woman and a mother, she found something else appealing in Benedict.
“Mike Benedict truly respects the dignity of every person he comes in contact with, no matter their race, their gender, how much they make, what they do for a living, where they live,” VanDeMark said. “He has been a prosecutor and a public defender. He has fought for justice and to ensure people had their day in court, whether they were the accused or the victim. Mike Benedict is ready to make hard decisions, even if they’re not popular, if they are right and in the furtherance of the law.”
“Our community deserves a judge like Mike Benedict.”