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Jennifer Chapman seeks to fill Position 2 on the Yamhill County Circuit Court; sitting judge expected to retire

A McMinnville attorney has announced her candidacy for a position on Yamhill County Circuit Court.

Jennifer Chapman will seek to fill the Position 2 seat of longtime Judge Ronald Stone, who is not expected to run for re-election.Chapman

"I'm seeking election because we need additional judges with civil experience and a broad perspective of the types of legal issues that people face every day," Chapman said in a release last week. "Yamhill County is my home and it would be a wonderful honor to serve the residents here."

Chapman graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2003. She worked at two private law firms in the area before becoming an assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice.

In her six years at the DOJ, according to the release, Chapman tried cases before circuit courts across the state, including in Yamhill County. She represented state agencies in civil trials, arbitrations, hearings, depositions, mediations and settlement conferences. She has worked on child support matters, recovering restitution owed by convicted people, breach of contract matters, tort claims and post-judgement collections.

In 2011, Chapman became legal counsel for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), where she is responsible for civil cases and regularly appears before the Oregon Court of Appeals and administrative bodies. She represents the rights law enforcement personnel and corrections officers, nurses, doctors, attorneys and workers.

Chapman will have big shoes to fill should she be elected in the November general election. Stone has served as a Circuit Court judge since being elected in November 2000, following a career in private practice before serving as a pro tem judge in Yamhill County for four years. He serves on the Yamhill County Family Law Advisory Committee, the Yamhill County Corrections Advisory Committee and is a board member for Rainbow Family Services. He is judge of the county's peer court and in the past he was also a board director for Oregon Legal Services and board director and chairman of the Family Crisis Shelter and Services ( Henderson House).

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