Plano Police Association Endorses Incumbent Judge Ben Smith for 380th District Court
MCKINNEY, Texas - Feb. 14, 2020 - PRLog -- Judge Ben Smith, Presiding Judge of the 380th Judicial District Court, has been endorsed by the Plano Police Association. Smith is a candidate for re-election in the upcoming March 3 Republican primary. Smith has won the support of every law enforcement association in Collin County that has endorsed a candidate in the 2020 election cycle. "I am proud to have the support of the Plano Police Association," Smith said. "They join an impressive list of law enforcement associations, each of whom endorses a candidate based on their commitment to the safety of Collin County residents." In addition to the Plano Police Association, Smith has been endorsed by the Dallas Police Association, the Richardson Police Officers Association, the Frisco Police Officers Association, the McKinney Police Association, and the Celina Police Association. "Our safety and quality of life can be attributed to the dedication of our law enforcement officers," Smith said. "In my seven years on the bench, I've made it a priority to be accessible and responsive to our law enforcement agencies' needs so their investigations can move forward efficiently." "When investigations progress to felony cases heard in my court, they know I'll guide the process professionally and ethically," Smith said. In addition to criminal felonies, the 380th District Court also hears cases involving civil matters and family law. Smith's extensive trial court experience as an attorney contributed to his successful bid for the 380th District Court in 2012, winning the seat among a field of four candidates. He was re-elected in 2016. Smith worked for eight years as an Assistant District Attorney in Kaufman and Collin Counties. As a prosecutor, Smith excelled in many roles: Chief Felony Prosecutor, Chief of the Misdemeanor Division, Second Assistant District Attorney, and Chief of the Special Prosecution Division. Smith supervised and trained scores of young prosecutors and tried hundreds of cases, ranging from misdemeanor shoplifting to mortgage fraud, and from simple assault to capital murder.