Tifton Gazette


March 6, 2014

Benson qualifies for State Court Judge

TIFTON — Herbert Benson has qualified as a candidate for the position of State Court Judge for Tift County.

Benson filed his “Notice of Candidacy” for this position during the qualifying period which began Monday.  The incumbent Tift State Court Judge, Larry Mims announced Jan. 9  that he would not seek re-election to the position that he has held since August 2000.  

Benson is a Tifton native who graduated from Tift County High School and earned degrees from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia before receiving his law degree from Georgia State University. He has maintained a private law practice in Tifton since 1987.  In addition to managing his private practice, Benson has served as the Municipal Court Judge for the city of Tifton for more than 20 years.  He was first appointed to the position of Municipal Court Judge for the city of Tifton in 1991 and currently holds similar positions for the cities of Omega and Sycamore. He has also served as Municipal Court Judge for the cities of Ashburn and Adel.

“Judge Mims has had an outstanding career as both an attorney and the judge of the Tift State Court,” says Benson. “He has worked extremely hard to make the State Court of Tift County one of the most respected courts in this state and I hope to be able to continue to maintain the standards that he has set.”

“I believe that my experience as a Municipal Court Judge will be a distinct advantage if I am fortunate enough to be elected as the State Court Judge of Tift County,” says Benson. “I know this position will present many challenges and that I will have a lot to learn; however, I believe that my experiences from both sides of the bench, as both a trial lawyer and a judge, will help to shorten the learning curve.”

Benson previously worked with The Tifton Gazette as a reporter, city editor and sports editor for several years before seeking his law degree.  He is married to Kim Harvey Benson and they have two sons, Chance, 23, and Briggs, 17, one bird, two dogs and three crazy geese.

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