Local News

4/7/2012

Candidate vies for judge seat

By LOUIE BROGDON

The Brunswick News

A fourth candidate has joined what is turning out to be an active race to replace Judge Orion Douglass as Glynn County's State Court Judge.

Douglass opted not to seek reelection after two decades on the bench.

Brunswick Attorney John Wetzler is the latest to announce that he will join the race.

"It's a very important role in our community. Judge Douglass has done a very good job, and since he's stepping down, I feel called to run," Wetzler said.

Wetzler has worked in the judicial system since he was 17, working in Cobb County Superior Court. He graduated from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta and moved to south Georgia in 2000.

After working for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office under now Judge Stephen Kelley, Wetzler started a private practice in 2004.

"I've worked prosecution and defense and there's an understanding of balance there that only that experience can bring," Wetzler said.

Brunswick attorney Alan Tucker, 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.

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.