To those who have been following the race for Kanawha circuit judge, Tera Salango’s story is well known.
Salango, 41, became interested in criminal justice after her brother was murdered when she was a sophomore at Nitro High School. Going through two criminal trials with her family set Salango on a course to become a lawyer, and she spent 11 years as an assistant prosecutor in Kanawha County before joining her husband’s firm. It’s also worth noting that her husband, Ben, is one of the investors who bought the Gazette-Mail earlier this year.
But Tera Salango stands out on her own merits.
Her passion for law isn’t limited to putting people in prison. Her personal experience certainly gives her an acute appreciation for the justice process. Her work since then has only expanded her compassion and intimate understanding of how the justice system works.
Salango supports expanding drug courts and seeking diversion for addicts that are better off treated than put in a cell. She has witnessed daily how the drug epidemic has led to a crisis in the number of child abuse and neglect cases before the court, where the right judge can make a difference.
Salango would be that right judge, and we urge voters to choose her for the Kanawha Circuit Court seat.