Voters Head Back to the Polls to Elect Two Judges

Gwinnett Superior Court and State Court positions to be decided in runoff election Tuesday, Aug 21.

Peachtree Corners voters will return to the polls Tuesday. Runoff elections to fill two Gwinnett County judgeships will occur Tuesday, Aug 21. These races are non-partisan.

Two runoff candidates are vying for the Gwinnett Superior Court judgeship being vacated by retiring Judge K. Dawson Jackson. They are Tracey Mason Blasi and Kathy Schrader.

Blasi, a Lawrenceville attorney, is a former Duluth Municipal Court judge.

Schrader, a Duluth attorney and mediator, is a past president of the Gwinnett Bar Association. She serves as an associate Municipal Court judge for the cities of Duluth and Sugar Hill.

Emily Brantley and Pam Britt are seeking to replace Gwinnett State Court Judge Robert “Bob” Mock, who also is retiring.

Brantley, a Suwanee resident, is an attorney in private practice in Gwinnett County.

Britt, a Lawrenceville attorney, is past president of the Gwinnett Criminal Justice Bar.

Both of these contests had been five-way races in the July 31 General Primary.

Voting in Primary Runoff elections takes place in regular precinct locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

No voting will take place Monday, Aug. 20.

To find polling places and see both the Republican and non-partisan sample ballots that will be used in the Aug. 21 runoff election, visit the Secretary of State's My Voter Page. There is no Democratic runoff.

For more information about the runoff, see the list of frequently asked questions that accompanies this article.

The runoff election results will be available on the Secretary of State's Georgia Elections Results webpage on election night.

For inquiries about absentee ballots that have been requested but not arrived, contact the Gwinnett County Elections office at 678-226-7210 for voting instructions.

George Wilson August 20, 2012 at 08:18 PM
My concern about the judges races are the enormous amounts of money being spent by the candidates. Special interest have been involved in all the races and are turning the judges into politicians not judges. Some right- wing organizations are pushing our state courts to the right. Judges are more likely to rule in favor of big businesses and against individuals who have been injured,scammed,or subject to discrimination. State courts decide 95 percent of the country's legal cases. The evidence suggests that judges should be picked and appointed through merit selection, not elected.
Robert J. Nebel August 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I'm puzzled as to why these runoffs have become partisan. The snail mail materials and robo-calls contain too much partisan bickering within them. It's as if the candidates' records have been mere asterisks in these races.
George Wilson August 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Right-wing organizations like ALEC have injected money into these campaigns in order to control the judicia lsystem.The harm to justice is well documented when special interests like energy, hospital industry and casinos, and others contribute heavily to judges' campaigns. A recent study showed that in 403 cases between 2000 and 2010,the courts in states where the spending was especially heavy the courts were more likely to rule in favor of big business and against individuals. Also ,a system of appointed judges need not put all of the power in the Governors hands.


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