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      Mayor Benjamin's wife, DeAndrea, confirmed as circuit judge

      DeAndrea Benjamin / Gist Law Firm

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin's wife DeAndrea was chosen Wednesday to serve as a judge on the state's Fifth Judicial Circuit.

      The state Senate confirmed Mrs. Benjamin for seat one of the court. The court covers Richland and Kershaw counties.

      Benjamin currently serves as a municipal court judge in Columbia. She's also a partner at her father's law practice, Gist Law Firm.

      Benjamin will replace retiring Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr.

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