Editor’s note: The following was submitted by the candidate on her own behalf.
Seventh District Judge Sarah Hennesy has announced that she will run as a candidate in the November election to retain her seat on the 7th Judicial District Court bench. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Hennesy to her current position in 2012. She was chosen by the governor following an extensive selection process conducted by the well-respected Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection.
In announcing her decision to file for election, Hennesy said: “I work hard to be a fair, honest and open-minded judge. My goal with each matter that comes before me is to listen to both sides and to apply the law to the facts.”
Hennesy knows that being in a courtroom can be an intimidating experience, and she knows it is important that people feel at ease so they can explain their side of a matter.
“When people leave my courtroom, I want them to know that they have been heard and feel they have been treated with respect.”
In announcing her decision to run for a full term, Hennesy has asked Stefanie Brown, of St. Cloud, to chair her election committee.
Hennesy is married with two children and lives in St. Cloud. In fact, that is one of the reasons she is announcing her intent to run early in the year.
“There will be several high-profile state elections this fall. As a working mom with two young children, I appreciate that families are very busy. Announcing early in the year gives the voters more time to get to know me and for me to meet people in our district,” Hennesy said.
Before her appointment to the bench, Hennesy was a trial attorney for 16 years, handling both criminal and civil cases in state and federal court. Since her appointment, in addition to her duties in the courtroom, she volunteers as co-chair of the Children’s Justice Initiative for Mille Lacs County, and serves on the Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Judiciary Subcommittee, the 7th District Family Violence Council, the Mille Lacs County Justice Center’s Library Board and the Tribal Court-State Court Forum. She also is a community member of the Mille Lacs County Olweus Bullying Prevention Project and volunteers at area schools. The 7th Judicial District includes Stearns, Mille Lacs, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Otter Tail, Wadena, Morrison, Becker and Todd counties.