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Citizens to Elect Brandi Hershey

     "An effective Judge will balance Justice with Compassion.  One thing I’ve learned is that Justice is sometimes difficult to attain.      
     During my career, I’ve learned that there is evil in this world, and I’ve seen it first-hand.    I’ve been at homicide crime scenes, comforted the grieving families of victims, and then stood with those same family members when the Jury announced a guilty verdict.
     These experiences have prepared me to serve our community as the next Judge
of the Bedford County Court of Common Pleas."

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Attorney Hershey's Platform

QUALIFICATIONS

            When selecting a Judge, you want a Judge who shares your values, who has shown dedication and commitment to serving the public, a Judge who would contribute to the dignity and public perception deserving of the Bench.     The integrity of a Judge is one of the cornerstones of our judicial system.   A Judge should be someone that you trust to be fair, thoughtful and even-handed.   Legal acumen, civility, thoughtfulness, careful deliberation, and a calm demeanor are qualities that have served her well as an attorney and will serve her well as a Judge.

ADDICTION EPIDEMIC

The addiction epidemic is having a vast impact on our community.    It is affecting those from all walks of life.  The effects of the addiction epidemic are not only seen in the criminal courts, but also in family and dependency court.    When I began practicing law almost two decades ago, a typical custody case was between the mother and father, it was not common to see grandparents in custody court.     Now, on an average custody conference day, it’s not uncommon to see half of the cases involve grandparents.   Why is that, why are we seeing so many family members raising children rather than the parents?     In many cases it’s because the parents are either in jail for drug-related offenses or have overdosed.     I think it is clear that the previous methods of dealing with drug addiction, whereby we warehouse the offenders in jail, is not, by itself, successful.    As a court system, we need to be innovative in how we handle these issues.       I would like to see more of a collaborative effort between the Courts, the Adult and Juvenile Probation Office, Children and Youth Services and Personal Solutions, Inc.   By working together, we can accomplish so much more.         

(More to come)