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Candidate profile: Cheryl L. Henderson

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13.

We are running brief profiles from candidates who have filled out our questionnaire. For answers to more questions from this candidate and others, visit Herald-Dispatch.com. Click Elections 2014, then "West Virginia candidates and profiles." If a candidate has submitted his or her profile information and questions, the candidate's name will link to that information. Candidates' replies appear as they were submitted and have not been edited.

NAME: Cheryl L. Henderson

CANDIDATE FOR: Cabell Circuit Judge

PARTY: Democrat

DUTIES OF THE OFFICE: Circuit courts are West Virginia's only general jurisdiction trial courts of record. They have jurisdiction over criminal cases, as well as all civil cases totaling more than $300. The office's salary is $126,000.


EDUCATION: Juris Doctor, 1980 - West Virginia University College of Law; Exeter College of Law, Exeter, UK; Bachelor of Arts in English, 1976 - Fisk University; Huntington High School, 1973.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Partner/ Law Firm Henderson, Henderson, & Staples L.C., 1982-Present.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: US Department Of Commerce, Trademark Attorney, 1980-1982.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Junior League of Huntington, Board Member; Ebenezer Outreach Medical Board Member; Huntington Museum of Art, Board Member; Huntington Symphony Orchestra , Board Member; A.D. Lewis Advisory Board; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Center for Independent Living, Board Member; Team for West Virginia; Race Relations Committee for the United Methodist Church; Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Network, Inc.; Mentoring Program Cabell County Juvenile Probation Program; St. Mary's Advisory Board; Huntington Zoning Appeals Board; and Tri-State Airport Authority.

FAMILY: Son, Justin.

QUESTION & ANSWER: Some judges have taken on an initiative to reduce truancy. Are there other initiatives to address problems that you would take on as a judge?

"One of my initiatives would be to address the "School-To-Prison Pipeline". "The School-To-Prison Pipeline" refers to the policies and practices that push our nation's school children, especially our most at risk children, out of the classroom and into the juvenile and criminal justice system. We must end policies that favor incarceration over education."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Henderson faces Democrat Christopher D. Chiles in the primary election.

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