Judicial candidates square off at Tea Party forum
Above, candidates for chief magistrate: Allen Wigington, LaSandra Cooley and Dale Quinton.
Candidates for judicial positions were featured at a local Tea Party meeting Tuesday at Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper.
The evening included candidates for probate judge, chief magistrate, and clerk of court in Pickens County.
Also on the agenda were persons representing candidates vying for the district attorney position, the prosecutor for Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. All district attorney candidates were participating at a similar forum in Gilmer County and sent representatives to the Jasper forum.
Both candidates for a superior court judgeship for the Appalachian Judicial Circuit made remarks as well.
While contenders for county offices were cordial, representatives for challengers to incumbent District Attorney Joe Hendricks hit hard.
Ed Marger, Jasper attorney representing challenger B. Alison Sosebee, said Hendricks has let the power of his office go to his head. Marger indicated he judged Hendricks to be the worst DA he has seen in his more than 50 years practicing law.
Lynn Doss, representing her husband, challenger Harry Doss, was also critical of Hendricks.
Hendricks was represented by his wife Kaye, who stuck to prepared remarks about her husband’s qualifications without responding to attacks.
Candidates for the one superior court judge seat up for election at this cycle also bared fangs in their remarks.
Candidate Robert “Bob” Sneed said he was running for the superior court judge seat because the Appalachian Circuit is broken. According to Sneed, the local courts are failing to operate efficiently and carry out justice with tremendous backlogs of cases that put children at risk.
Incumbent Judge Roger Bradley countered that Sneed was recruited by a special interest to move to this circuit and enter the race, even though he has never practiced here and could have no firsthand knowledge of how this circuit operates.
Bradley also responded to his challenger by waving a manila envelope to the crowd which he said contained more than $30,000 in property liens against Sneed for unpaid fees to a gated community.
See more from the battling judge contenders and hear from all the local candidates in next week’s complete coverage in the print edition.