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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.

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, which is why I am running as an Independent, because politics has no place in the court room. 

  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. 

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.


Friday, March 27, 2020 5:42 PM

Signature Goals Met Despite Coronavirus Pandemic

Dear Constituents: 

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.  


Sandy Russell



Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:52 PM

Sandy Russell Announces Campaign for Superior Court Judge!

Sandy Russell Announces her Campaign for Superior Court Judge!  

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