Judge Hampton is clear choice

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I am writing in support of Judge Lynn Hampton for Circuit Court, Position No. 3 and would urge the voters of Umatilla and Morrow counties to retain her in office.

Following her appointment almost two years ago, Judge Hampton has presided over her busy courtroom fairly and efficiently. She has effectively handled a large number of high-profile criminal cases, as well as divorces, custody cases and civil matters. She has the experience, temperament and legal knowledge required to continue to serve us well.

When she was appointed in January 2011, Lynn became one of the first two women judges in the history of the Sixth Judicial District, along with Judge Eva Temple in Hermiston. Because of her wide experience over 34 years of practicing law in Umatilla and Morrow counties, she already knew her way around a courtroom and "hit the ground running."

She had already served as a deputy district attorney, tribal prosecutor and as an attorney in private practice, representing clients in a way that enhances her judicial skills.

Because of her broad experience as an attorney in our two counties since 1978, Judge Hampton will continue to serve us well as our circuit judge. For me, the choice is clear: Retain Judge Hampton.

Shelley Murphy

Milton-Freewater

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