For 28 years, it has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the State of Georgia as a public prosecutor. As a prosecutor, I have upheld my duty to seek justice for all, not merely to obtain a conviction.
I have dedicated my career to the protection of rights and making fair and impartial decisions based on the evidence in each case. As Judge, I pledge to be fair and impartial to all parties, to be knowledgeable about all of the issues that come before the Court and finally, to treat folks that come to court with dignity and respect.
Further, in order to insure that all citizens feel that their access to the courts is not based on how much they can contribute financially to a candidate, I have chosen to limit all contributions to no greater than $250 per person of voting age.
Committed to Serving the Athens Area
This is the first time the citizens of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties will have the opportunity to vote for this judicial position. This judgeship was created in 2016 by the Legislature and filled by a governor’s appointment. On May 22nd, there will be an election to fill a full term. This Judgeship was created primarily because of the increase in caseload in Clarke County. Currently, 3 of the 4 Superior Court Judges, including the one who was appointed to this office, live in Oconee County, even though Athens-Clarke County has 3-4 times the population. As a resident of Athens-Clarke County, I will bring an important and needed perspective to the bench.
While I am not an Athenian by birth, I am an Athenian by Choice. I am a Double Dawg, having obtained my undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Georgia. After my husband, Ken, and I married in 1998, I returned to Athens and became a part of this community again. We have raised our 3 children in Athens. They attended public schools in Clarke County and we attend Athens First United Methodist Church as a family. Over the past two decades, I have come to understand the current needs of this community.
At the same time, I understand the needs of Oconee County as well. For over 10 years, I have served as a public prosecutor in Greene County, a county very similar in size and population to Oconee. While this circuit includes 2 counties which are different, I understand the needs of both.
Committed to Innovation
There is a unique advantage to my experience of working outside the circuit. Having served in three different circuits over my 29 year career, I have gained valuable experience that I can bring to the bench to help improve the efficiency of the court system. I have seen what works and what does not and will bring innovative ideas to enhance the effectiveness of the courts.
Committed to Families
There is a need for the establishment of a Family Court. Recently, this circuit created a Parental Accountability Court to help chronically delinquent parents address barriers that impede their ability to work and regularly provide financial support to their children. This is a good first step but this circuit needs much more. A Family Court will provide a comprehensive approach to help families in crisis by using both judicial adjudication and service intervention methods. Utilizing the resources available in the circuit, this specialized court would have jurisdiction over divorce, separation, custody and visitation, child support, paternity, adoption, and domestic violence. The objective of this court is to improve the speed and certainty with which all family disputes are resolved.