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Hennesy to file for election as Seventh District Court judge

Judge Sarah Hennesy

Seventh District Judge Sarah Hennesy announced today that she will run as a candidate in the November election to retain her seat on the Seventh Judicial District Court bench.  

Governor Dayton appointed Judge 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 for file for election Judge 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.” 

Judge 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, Judge Hennesy has asked Stefanie Brown, of St. Cloud, to chair her election committee. “Word has gotten out that we have been asked by Judge Hennesy to help with her election, and already people have come forward asking what they can do to support the judge. We look forward to helping the voters in the Seventh Judicial District get to know Judge Hennesy, and we ask for their support,” said Ms. Brown.

Judge 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,” said Judge Hennesy. “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.”

Before her appointment to the bench, Judge 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 Seventh 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 Seventh Judicial District includes Stearns, Mille Lacs, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Otter Tail, Wadena, Morrison, Becker and Todd counties.