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September 21--  Toombs County State Court Judge Tommy J. Smith is running for Superior Court Judge of the Middle Judicial Circuit.

Incumbent Judge Kathy Palmer is not running again for the position she has held since 2000.

tommyjsmithIn a campaign statement, Judge Smith said, “With years of experience serving as a State Court Judge, this is a natural next step. I have spent my career focused on treating everyone fairly, using common-sense in judicial decisions, and delivering justice for all in my courtroom.”

Toombs County State Court Solicitor Justin Franklin said, “Judge Smith has been tough on crime but makes sure everyone is treated the same in his courtroom. He has the experience, values, and fairness we need in a Judge.”

Judge Smith earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1997. He has served twelve years as State Court Judge and eighteen years as Municipal Court Judge. In addition, Judge Smith has served Brewton Parker College as a Professor of Business Law.

The Middle Judicial Circuit includes Candler, Emanuel, Jefferson, Toombs and Washington Counties.

The race is non-partisan and will be decided in the election May 19, 2020.