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Candidate enters state judge race

2/29/2012

By LOUIE BROGDON
The Brunswick News

There is another candidate in the race for the Glynn County State Court judgeship.

St. Simons Island attorney Grant C. Buckley announced Tuesday he will seek the judgeship, after Judge Orion Douglass announced Thursday he would not seek a sixth term after 20 years on the bench.

"Now, more than ever, our community deserves thoughtful, intelligent and consistent leadership from those serving in positions of authority. This philosophy is the driving force behind my candidacy and my willingness to return to public service for our community and state," Buckley said in a prepared statement released Tuesday.

Buckley, a former assistant solicitor of Glynn County State Court and Brunswick Municipal Court, is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia and in U.S. District Court.

Currently, Buckley is an attorney with the Jordan Law Firm on St. Simons Island and focuses on "complex civil litigation," he said.

A native of Swainsboro, Buckley received a degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. He has lived in Glynn County since 2002.

The term is for four years.

Attorney Vince Sowerby has also announced his intention to seek election in July to the judgeship that will be open when Douglass' term ends this year.

Qualifying for the nonpartisan election will be from May 23 to noon May 25.

The election will be July 31.

Voters must register by July 2 to be eligible to cast a ballot in the nonpartisan election and in the July 31 Republican and Democratic primaries.

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