Jennifer Santoro Bovitz
Family: Married; two daughters.
Education: William Mitchell College of Law; St. Cloud State University.
Work experience: My entire legal career is dedicated to public service as a prosecutor. Since 2001, I have served as an assistant Washington County attorney assigned to the criminal division. While in law school I worked as a certified student attorney/law clerk also at the Washington County Attorney’s Office.
1. What makes you the best candidate?
Experience practicing law in court is a necessity of an effective judge. On nearly a daily basis I appear before members of the Washington County bench, the location of this judicial seat, and pursue justice for the citizens of Washington County. My experience includes all levels of criminal prosecutions. Additionally, my appropriate use of discretion translates well to the judiciary. In addition to a distinguishable legal career, I take time to serve the community. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Friends in Need Food Shelf, the Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Parish Pastoral Council, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force Oversight Committee and the Washington County Sexual Assault Collaborative.
2. How would you as a judge suggest the court system respond to limited or reduced state funding?
The judicial branch cannot turn away litigants entering its doors. The judicial branch needs to be adequately staffed, and not just by judges. The cuts that have been made to court administration staff deeply impact those accessing the judicial system. People also have to let go of special interest/specialty courts when our normal courtrooms are overflowing.
3. Do you believe judicial candidates should be allowed to discuss political views and be involved in non-judicial politics?
Judicial candidates should not engage in political behavior that leaves the public with a feeling that the candidate is anything but impartial.More from around the web