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Candidate will run for open judge seat

4/19/2012

By LOUIE BROGDON
The Brunswick News

Five attorneys are now vying to replace State Court Judge Orion Douglass, who has opted not to seek a sixth term.

Brunswick attorney Bart Altman is the latest to join what may prove to be the most contested political seat in Glynn County come November.

Altman, 45, said he has spent nearly 15 years practicing law in Glynn County, and now he is ready to serve the community.

"I'm from here -- I'm local -- I grew up here," he said. "The first house I lived in was behind the bowling alley, and I've lived pretty much everywhere in Glynn County that you can. I am able to relate to everyone or anyone in this community."

After growing up in Glynn County, Altman went to college in Valdosta and later earned his law degree from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta.

In 1997, Altman returned to Glynn County and worked as an assistant district attorney under now Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley. He left that office to work as a public defender under now Chief Magistrate Tim Barton.

Altman later started his private practice, and in 2011 was appointed Judge Pro Tem for the Brunswick Municipal Court.

"We have a great community here, and we've got a number of issues that we need to deal with. The case load has increased and the population is increasing for all the courts," he said.

Altman said he intends to put his stamp on the court, but he doesn't expect he'll have to change much.

"We've got a good group down there. I think the court does pretty well. Judge Douglass has done an excellent job," he said.

Brunswick lawyers Alan Tucker and John Wetzler, former Glynn County State Court and Brunswick Municipal Court assistant solicitor Grant C. Buckley and attorney Vince Sowerby are also seeking the judgeship.

Candidates must qualify for the July 31 nonpartisan election between May 23 and noon May 25. The qualification fee is $4,255.

Voters must register by July 2 to be eligible to vote in the judge's election and in the Republican and Democratic primaries, also slated for July 31.

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