Brent Benson, who has served as an assistant district attorney since 2009, has announced he qualified to run for circuit clerk judge in the Republican Primary, set for Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
“I believe that my experience makes me the best candidate for the position,” said Benson, who is currently serving as senior assistant district attorney.
Benson grew up in the Aspel community and is a 2000 graduate of Scottsboro High School. He obtained his associate degree from Northeast Alabama Community College in 2002, and then transferred to and graduated from the University of Alabama, with top honors, earning a BS in Management in 2004.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Benson attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating in 2007. He has been licensed to practice law in both Alabama and Tennessee since 2007.
“During my career, I have represented clients in business transactions, banking, divorces, child support, estate planning, municipal law, land use and contracts,” said Benson.
Benson said, as senior assistant district attorney, he helps supervise two other assistant district attorneys, while managing a caseload of over 3,000 pending cases.
“I prosecute criminal cases at every level,” said Benson. “I’ve tried multiple jury cases, and I file civil lawsuits to condemn the proceeds of illegal activity.”
Prior to working in the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, Benson practiced law in Chattanooga, Tennessee. When the opportunity arose to serve in his hometown community, Benson said he chose to return immediately.
“I love this county and the people here,” he said. “For me, this is about serving the people and giving back to the community that has allowed me to get to this point. I moved back home in 2009 to serve this county as assistant district attorney, and it has been an honor and privilege to serve.”
Benson said, throughout his career, he has represented individuals, cities, banks and a Fortune 500 company.
“However, the most rewarding portion of my career has been serving the citizens of Jackson County, he added.
Benson is married to Anna (Wells) Benson of Scottsboro, and they have two children, Henley and Vance. He is the son of the late Mike Benson and Cindy Benson Shelton, stepson of Brad Shelton and son-in-law of Kenneth and Rebecca Wells.
Benson is a member of First Baptist Church in Scottsboro, where he serves as a deacon, moderator and committee chairman.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity to serve the people of Jackson County,” said Benson. “I appreciate your vote on March 3, 2020 to elect me as circuit judge for Jackson County.”