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Voters Get Chance to Meet Gwinnett Judicial Candidates

Nine of the 12 candidates running for three open seats were on hand Monday night for a meet and greet sponsored by UPCCA.

Next Tuesday Gwinnett voters will decide not only on whether to approve the TSPLOST referendum, they will decide on three judicial candidates among the 12 who are running for one of the vacated judicial seats. 

A number of voters took advantage of the opportunity Monday night to meet and speak with the men and women vying for one of the seats.

Brenda Campbell, who lives in Peachtree Corners River Station was among the 80 or so who came to get the know the candidates before she casts her vote next Tuesday.

"The opportunity to meet and talk one on one is great," said Campbell who liked the idea of a central location so she could collect literature on the candidates and meet them first hand before casting her vote.

The three candidates who win the election will replace three out-going Gwinnett judges who are retiring from the bench.

The five candidates running for the Gwinnett Superior Court seat:

  • Tracey Mason Blasi
  • Chris McClurg
  • Giles Sexton
  • Kathy Schrader
  • Robert Walker

Two candidates are vying for the Gwinnett Probate Court seat:

  • Chris Ballar
  • Marlene Duwell

The five candidates running for Gwinnett State Court seat:

  • Emily Brantley
  • Pam Britt
  • Norman Cuadra
  • Greg Lundy
  • Richard Winegarden

All candidates with the exception of Chris McClurg, Giles Sexton and Pam Britt were on hand to hand out literature talk and answer voters questions.

"They are all good people, all are qualified," said Gay Shook, a Peachtree Corners resident and UPCCA board member who organized the event.

Peachtree Corners resident Wayne Knox echoed Shook's opinion. Speaking of the two candidates for Probate Court he pointed out, "One candidate (Duwell) knows the process, the other has written wills (Ballar). How can you go wrong?"

Sample Democrat and Republican ballots were available for review Monday night.  If you were not able to attend or would like a second look at the ballots, we've provided copies which are included with this article.

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