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Candidate enters judge race

3/13/2012

By LOUIE BROGDON
The Brunswick News

The race for the next Glynn County State Court judgeship is getting an early and active start.

Brunswick attorney Alan Tucker announced Monday he would join two others seeking the judgeship now held by Judge Orion Douglass, who has decided not to seek reelection after 20 years on the bench.

Tucker has held a private practice in Brunswick since returning to the area in 1982 after graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1981. His law practice, focusing on everything from criminal defense to real estate and professional malpractice, has kept Tucker in the courtroom for most of his career.

After 30 years in the courtroom, Tucker said he has long thought of working on the other side of the bench.

"I have thought about doing this for a long time, and I have decided to get into the race now since Judge Douglass has decided to step down," Tucker said.

Tucker said he is not a typical politician and pledged to work hard to clear the State Court backlog. He also said as a judge he would make an effort to be accessible and available to the public.

"It is my desire to be one of the best jurists to ever sit on the bench in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit. That desire will only come to fruition through many hours of hard work and dedication to the office to which I hope to be elected," Tucker said in a prepared statement.

Also seeking the judge's seat are former Glynn County State Court and Brunswick Municipal Court assistant solicitor Grant C. Buckley, a St. Simons Island attorney, and Vince Sowerby, an attorney.

Candidates must qualify for the July 31 nonpartisan election between May 23 and noon May 25.

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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