|THE RIGHT EXPERIENCE, THE RIGHT CHOICE
A Message From Sandy Russell
Independent, Fair, Experienced and Committed to the Equal Application of the Law to All
I believe strongly in the role of our courts in serving the ends of justice in our community and that politics has no place in the courtroom.
Trial judges are the backbone of our legal system and the rule of law in our society. Their independence, fairness, and faithful application of the law to all who appear before them are what make our justice system function and are crucial to preserving the public’s faith in this core institution of our society. I am dedicated to doing all that I can to ensure that this public trust in our judicial system only grows through my service as a judge.
I have nearly 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer in both state and federal judicial systems where I have successfully handled cases involving criminal law (both prosecution and defense), divorce, child custody, bankruptcy, probate, business and contract litigation, real estate litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, and insurance bad faith, among others, and have participated in hundreds of mediations.
Compare my experience with that of my opponents: experience comparison video 1 (short).
I have also acted as both a Mediator and an Arbitrator in numerous cases. Arbitrators decide cases based upon the law where the parties have elected their cases to be decided in private arbitration proceedings, rather than a formal court setting. Their role is very similar to that of a judge.
The Superior Court hears important cases which have serious impact on the lives of Cochise County residents. As a party to any court proceeding, you only get one chance to go before the Court and ask for relief. This is commonly referred to as your “one bite of the apple”. Because you only get one chance for justice when you appear before a judge, you want to be able to trust that your judge will make the right decision the first time, without the need for a costly appeal. This is a job where the right experience matters. A competent Superior Court Judge must have significant knowledge and experience in many areas of the law.
With my broad experience as a practicing attorney and my experience as an Arbitrator and Mediator, I have the right experience. I am the most qualified candidate running for the office of Superior Court Judge, Division Five and Cochise County's right choice for its next Superior Court Judge.
I am fully committed to serving all citizens of Cochise County with distinction, fairly and impartially applying the law to everyone who comes before the Court, without exception.
COMPARE MY LEGAL EXPERIENCE TO THAT OF MY OPPONENTS
Compare my experience with that of my opponents and think who would you want to hear your divorce case, your personal injury case, your contract dispute, your property dispute? Do you want to be the Judge's first case in an area of the law? The RIGHT experience matters!
I HAVE DIVERSE LIFE EXPERIENCE
In addition to my broad legal experience, I also have diverse life experience. I did not follow the traditional path to becoming a lawyer. As the daughter of a truck driver/farmer, I have worked hard to obtain an education. I supported myself through college as a single mother, only to lose my 7-year old daughter in a tragic accident. I encountered many legal issues with my daughter's accident, prompting me to become interested in the law. For more information on my personal story please click personal story
In short, a lot of my education has been in the school of hard knocks and I will bring to the bench an element of common sense, understanding and compassion that my opponents simply cannot offer.
NewsWednesday, August 19, 2020 2:41 PM
Sandy announces her "Smart Justice Plan" to improve the Cochise County Court system.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chris Russell, Esq.
August 19, 2020 chair@SandyRussellforJudge.com
Press Release from Campaign of Sandy Russell for Superior Court Judge
Sandy Russell, candidate for Cochise County Superior Court, Division 5, announces her plan to reach available grant money to fund and develop smart justice programs for Cochise County Courts to include a Job Court, Veterans Court and Mental Health Court.
Mrs. Russell says “the simple truth is that most people who receive a sentence of jail or prison time will eventually be released and, unfortunately, will not be able to find a job as a result of their criminal record. We need smarter justice. It costs Arizona taxpayers roughly $26,000 annually to keep an inmate imprisoned. It costs only about $5,000 to place and maintain them in a job. So let’s reduce crime and save tax dollars by helping defendants get jobs.”
“Veterans Court will help our local Veterans, who are often struggling with PTSD and other psychological issues, get back on the right path and avoid criminal convictions” says Russell. Her plan involves building a partnership with the Veterans Administration to coordinate benefits available to Veterans and encourage Veterans to use those services to get the help that they need.
“Many of the mentally ill in our community who are convicted of crimes do well when they are on probation and are forced to receive treatment” says Russell. “However, as soon as their case is resolved and treatment ends, they wind up re-offending. It becomes a vicious cycle.” Russell’s plan for Mental Health Court involves expanding the existing reach of Care Court to include non-violent felony offenses and to develop partnerships with community mental health providers to ensure treatment will continue after a defendant successfully completes probation regardless of ability to pay.
Russell states that “I will secure the funding needed for these programs through available grant money. As an experienced trial lawyer with nearly 20 years of litigation experience, I have the writing and advocacy skills necessary to secure grant money.” Russell says that she “is committed to working with state, county and city leaders in developing smarter justice programs that will serve the best interests of the community.”
For more information go to Sandy Russell’s website at http://www.sandyrussellforjudge.com/ and click on Sandy’s Plan.
Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:00 PM
City of Douglas Canvass, Saturday Aug. 7 at 1-5 pm, Meet at 8th St. Park
I am holding a canvass party in the City of Douglas this Saturday, August 8th from 1-5 pm. We will meet at the 8th Street Park in Douglas at 1 pm. I will hand out voter lists and instructions, along with face masks for anyone who needs one. We will then walk our assigned streets until about 4:45 and meet back in the park for pizza, wings and refreshments. Please call me at 520-600-5556 if you wish to volunteer so I can plan for food and drinks.
Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:58 PM
My name is on the General Ballot!
After 15 months of campaigning, we are now into the final fight. The General Election early ballots come out on October 7th and my name will be on the ballot! I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported me along the way. Please keep the support coming because we all know that a female candidate has to work a lot harder.
Friday, March 27, 2020 5:42 PM
Signature Goals Met Despite Coronavirus Pandemic
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, several scheduled events for my campaign have been canceled. I will keep you posted regarding future scheduled events as we receive further direction from our government officials.
The filing deadline to file my nomination petition signatures is Monday April 6, 2020. Because I am running as an Independent, I need 755 valid signatures to get my name on the ballot, whereas my partisan opponent candidates only need 550.
I am pleased to announce that I have collected over 2100 signatures and that I have enough valid signatures to secure my place on the ballot.
While I certainly did not expect the pandemic, I have learned to expect the unexpected. I never wait until the last minute to complete tasks, which is why I started early last May collecting signatures and had collected over 2000 by this January, despite working full time, being a mom to an 8 year old, and taking online classes at Harvard.
This is a testament to my work ethic and my level of preparation. If elected as your Superior Court Judge, you can always count on me to work hard and to come to court prepared to handle your case.
I know that right now most of you are worried about very serious matters such as whether you are going to have a job, be able to pay your rent, mortgages, utilities, etc. I too share these concerns, especially since my husband, Chris Russell, runs a small business as a self-employed lawyer.
Please know that I care very much about what you are going through and about this community, and it is my sincere wish that we all maintain our health and look out for one another. I am an extrovert, so this social isolation is definitely not my idea of fun! But we can do this!
I look forward to when we can once again be social so that I can meet you! Stay tuned for announcements of events so we can make that happen.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:52 PM
Sandy Russell Announces her Campaign for Superior Court Judge!