Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 6, 2016


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 6, 2016

Georgia and American History

Samuel Elbert was elected Governor of Georgia for a one-year term on January 6, 1785. Elbert was an early participant in Patriot meetings at Tondee’s Tavern, a Lt. Colonel in the first group of troops raised in Georgia, and a prisoner of war, exchanged for a British General, and eventually promoted to Brigadier General reporting to Gen. George Washington. As Governor, Elbert oversaw the charter of the University of Georgia and afterward, he served briefly as Sheriff of Chatham County.

On January 6, 1961, United States District Court Judge William Bootle ordered the University of Georgia to enroll Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, ending the segregation of UGA.

On January 6, 1988, the United States Postal Service released a stamp commemorating the bicentennial of Georgia’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Cobb County State Court Judge Irma Glover will not seek reelection, creating the fourth open judicial seat in Cobb County this year.

State Court Judge Melodie Clayton, who has served for 24 years, also announced yesterday she will retire.

In November 2015, Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley announced she will retire and her seat is also open in the May 24, 2016 election.

Joining the three State Court Judges in retiring will be Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs.

“It’s going to be a judicial campaign frenzy in Cobb,” said Kimberly Childs, a business litigator, founder of the Childs Law Firm and one of four lawyers who have announced plans to run for the Grubbs seat. “Seems like a bit of a change of the guard.”

Childs’ announced opponents for superior court are: Charles Bachman Jr., a business litigator with Gregory Doyle Calhoun & Rogers; Grady Moore, a former prosecutor who now does criminal defense with his own firm, Moore Legal; and Nathan Wade, who handles criminal and family law in his own firm, the Law Offices of Nathan Wade.

Qualifying is in March, and the election is in May for the four-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2017.

The AJC Political Insider writes that Allison Barnes Salter, daughter of former Governor Roy Barnes, will run for one of the open State Court seats.

Judge A. Quillian Baldwin will retire from the Superior Court for the Coweta Circuit, which covers Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether, and Troup Counties on January 31, 2016.

Baldwin’s retirement will leave an opening for a new judge. Gov. Nathan Deal will appoint Baldwin’s successor, following a vetting process by the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission.

Here’s one important fact I haven’t seen picked up by casino-gambling proponents. In the statewide 2012 General Primary Election, Republican voter were asked, “Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?” and approved the question by a 50.25% margin with 49.75% opposed. If I were working for the casino folks, I’d be interested in seeing the results broken out by county and by legislative districts.

State Rep. Ronnie Mabra (D) announced via email earlier this week that he will not seek reelection to State House District 63.


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