Deputy District Attorney to run for Yuba County Judge Melanie Bendorf

Melanie BendorfLong-time Yuba County Deputy District Attorney, Melanie Bendorf, will run for Yuba County Superior Court Judge, Office 2. Incumbent, Judge Kathleen O’Conner, will not seek reelection.


 “Criminal justice runs in my family,” said Bendorf. “My father was a District Attorney Investigator for Sacramento County. While serving a warrant, he was shot multiple times and his partner was killed. I was 13 years old and knew from that moment where my focus would be.”


 After graduating from Chico State and Cal Northern School of Law, Melanie has dedicated her entire legal career, almost two decades, to seeking justice for Yuba County residents. An experienced trial attorney with thousands of hours of court time, she is endorsed by retired Yuba County Superior Court Judges James F. Dawson and Dennis J. Buckley.

 As a Deputy District Attorney, Melanie has achieved numerous life sentences for convicted murderers, attempted murderers and sex offenders. She has conducted domestic violence training for local law enforcement and sexual assault awareness training for enlisted personnel at Beale Air Force Base.


 12 years ago, Melanie and her husband started an annual fundraiser to help local non-profits provide gifts for children in Yuba County. As a child Melanie received Christmas gifts from a similar program and has never forgotten the impact it has.


 Robert and Melanie love spending time with family, especially granddaughter, Olivia. To learn more about Melanie, her background and endorsements, visit