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Why I'm Running

A Letter from Beth

I’m on the ballot June 9th and ask for your vote. I am challenging an incumbent because although our Georgia Constitution provides that we elect our judges and justices, one seat after another is filled by appointment.

The Benham Seat
I began my race for the Supreme Court of Georgia by campaigning for the anticipated open seat election to be created by the retirement of Justice Robert Benham. In April 2019 Justice Benham announced he would not run for re-election and I was one of four candidates who campaigned for his seat. The Benham seat would have been on the ballot May 19th (now June 9th), but on December 5, 2019 it was announced Justice Benham decided to retire March 1, 2020 and Governor Kemp has since appointed his successor.

The Blackwell Seat
On February 28th it was announced that Justice Keith Blackwell will resign November 18, 2020 and Governor Kemp intends to appoint his successor. Although the Governor has the power to appoint vacancies, I don’t believe Justice Blackwell’s seat is vacant because he intends to work - deciding cases, getting paid and continuing to accrue and vest in his pension benefit - until November 18th. I notified the Secretary of State on Monday, March 2nd that I don’t believe the Blackwell seat is vacant, that he should conduct the Blackwell election as scheduled May 19th (now June 9th) and I intended to qualify for that seat. The Secretary of State refused to allow me to qualify for the Blackwell seat on Tuesday, March 3rd and on Wednesday, March 4th I filed a petition for writ of mandamus to compel the Secretary of State to perform his Constitutional duty and hold the election to determine Justice Blackwell’s successor. I filed suit in my capacities both as a potential candidate as well as a Georgia voter on behalf of myself and all Georgia voters who are being denied our right, guaranteed in our Georgia Constitution, to elect our justices.

The Bethel Seat
On Friday, March 6th I filed the necessary paperwork and qualified to challenge an incumbent Justice, Charlie Bethel. Why would I take on such a daunting task?  Because one seat after another is filled by appointment despite the fact our Constitution says we elect our justices. In fact, 8 of our 9 current Justices were appointed to, rather than initially elected to their seats.  After appointment, justices must run for election at the end of their term, but the last time there was more than one candidate in a Supreme Court race was in 2006.  Georgia’s last contested open seat Supreme Court election was in 1982. It seems the only elections we will have going forward are when someone challenges an incumbent. I have a sincere desire to serve on the Supreme Court and I realized the only path for me to do so is to challenge an incumbent after the Benham seat was filled by appointment and the Governor announced plans to appoint Blackwell’s successor. Although I named my campaign Beskin for Justice when I began my quest to serve on the Supreme Court last year, I never envisioned what a battle it would be to simply get on the ballot.  


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Jim,Claire, Beth, Alison and Stephen on family hiking vacation, September 2019


I am running to bring my 30 years of legal experience to the Supreme Court of Georgia.  I have a depth and breadth of experience, including 15 years of family law experience, litigation for the plaintiff as well as defense regarding employer-provided benefits such as health care and pension benefits, and experience representing government and municipal interests. I served in the Georgia General Assembly from 2015-2019.  I recently served as Assistant Attorney General in the Georgia Department of Law in the Medicaid fraud and abuse division, a position I left in order to run for the Supreme Court of Georgia.  I will also bring my life experience to the bench, experience gained from my marriage of 36 years to my husband, Jim Beskin, an orthopedic surgeon, and as a mother of two daughters, Alison who is a lawyer in New York City (as is her husband, Stephen Ham) and Claire, who is a business consultant in Boston. I would be honored to have your vote!

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