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Mayor’s wife gets state judge’s job

Feb 2, 2011 5:41:00 PM - thestate.com
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.

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