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Municipal Court Judge - District 7 (Unexpired Term Ending 1/4/2020)

6 YEAR TERM. Salary $125,850RESPONSIBILITIES: Has original jurisdiction in civil cases (auto, neighborhood disputes etc.) involving claims of $15,000 or under, and in criminal cases involving misdemeanors in Hamilton County. Conducts preliminary hearings in felony cases.Judge of the Hamilton County Municipal Court - 1 unexpired term ending 1/4/2020For more information about judicial candidates visit: JudicialVotesCount.org
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    Gwen Bender

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Age 51
Residence Cincinnati, OH
Occupation Judge, Hamilton County Municipal Court District 7
Education University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D, 1991); Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame Indiana (B.A., 1988); Seton High School (1984)
Work Experience Prior to becoming a judge, I served as a prosecutor for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office for over 23 years.
Family Married with 2 sons
Affliations American Judges Association; Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio
Endorsements Hamilton County Republican Party;Fraternal Order of Police, Queen City Lodge #69; Cincinnati Right to Life PAC
I began my service as a Municipal Court Judge in January, 2017.
Prior to beginning my service as a judge, I served as an assistant prosecutor for over 23 years. I prosecuted cases in the Appellate, Felony, Juvenile and Municipal Divisions. This required me to become very familiar with the Ohio rules which govern all cases for evidence, practice and procedure. Additionally, I served for over 15 years as a substitute magistrate for Mayor’s Courts, judging criminal and traffic matters.
I have been a dedicated and committed member of the west side community my entire life. I grew up here, own a home here and chose to raise my children here. I bring that same sense of dedication and commitment to the bench and the citizens of Hamilton County. I came to the bench with a great deal of legal experience, having served as an assistant prosecutor for over 23 years. I prosecuted in all criminal divisions of that office, including Appellate, Felony, Juvenile and Municipal. Over the course of those two decades, I prosecuted thousands of cases, including murders, rapes,drug trafficking,theft, and crimes against the most vulnerable of our citizens. Four years prior to taking the bench as Judge, I became Chief of the Municipal Division of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. In that capacity, I worked closely with all law enforcement agencies that serve Hamilton County, and formed working relationships with the defense bar and the judges serving the citizens of this county. I believe I can best serve my community in a role as Municipal Court Judge. Over the course of my career, I have always shown a respect for the Constitution, and for the dignity of the parties appearing before me. Thank you for your consideration.

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