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D.A. candidates square off again at forum
The contentious debate between District Attorney Jackie Johnson and opponent Jonathan Miller continued Tuesday for the second consecutive night in a candidate's forum, this one sponsored by the College of Coastal Georgia.

Both candidates are Republicans.

Johnson said at a forum Monday that she fired Miller earlier this year, but on Tuesday clarified her statement, saying he resigned after she confronted him about an aggravated stalking case he failed to prosecute.

She also had questioned Miller about an inquiry he made on behalf of an elderly man that concerned a convicted sex offender, who was taking care of the man in a residence near a church.

Both instances were violations of his oath of office, she said. She demanded a written explanation, but Miller resigned instead, Johnson said.

Miller evaded a question about his resignation, saying the real issue is the management of the district attorney's office. He said Johnson does not have control of her employees.

He said he spent more than eight years in the office, and that in the past 21 months Johnson has "decimated the office."

He described the incidents that led to his resignation as minor.

The forum also featured candidates running for state House of Representatives and Glynn County Clerk of Superior Court.

Republican Jeff Chapman, a former state senator and Glynn County commissioner who is seeking the House District 167 seat, said he has the highest rating by the National Rifle Association.

He said he is opposed to the upcoming referendum on establishing a 1 percent sales tax for local and regional transportation projects. He called it a "terrible piece of legislation" and compared it to President Barrack Obama's health care plan.

He said local control by school districts is the key to controlling education costs and that job creation would be his No. 1 priority if elected to the seat formerly held by Roger Lane, now a Superior Court judge.

John Tuten, the Brunswick architect who is facing Chapman for the Republican nomination, said he is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.

Tuten said he, too, is opposed to the 1 percent sales tax for transportation and that local control is important to improving public schools.

Tuten also supports simplification of the tax system.

Donita Taylor, one three Republicans vying for the office of Superior Court Clerk, said the incumbent, Lola Jamsky, has not utilized technology properly. She also said audits show the child support receiver account has been in a deficit since 2004 and recommends that an external auditor be brought in.

Training staff is also a problem under Jamsky, she said, stressing that her experience as juvenile court clerk makes her qualified for the office.

Jamsky, also a Republican, said she was unaware of any financial problems in her office and said her staff is well trained. She said her office is not using technology because the county hasn't gone to electronic filing.

Timothy Wilson, another Republican candidate for clerk of court, said technology would save the office money.

He said he decided to run to save money on paperwork with an electronic filing system and said he, too, feels financial problems should be reviewed by an external auditor.



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