DeAndrea Benjamin, wife of Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin, won a Circuit Court judgeship today almost exactly one year after losing a race for another judgeship.
Benjamin, who has been a Columbia city judge, was elected to a 5th Circuit court seat by the Legislature after former 5th Circuit deputy solicitor John Meadors withdrew two hours before the vote. A third candidate withdrew Jan. 20.
Benjamin replaces retiring Judge Ernest Kinard.
A year ago this month, Benjamin failed to win a Family Court seat.
She was among six candidates elected to judgeships today.