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Judge candidates will debate

Candidate Jimmie Brown Candidate Jimmie Brown
Judge Rucker Smith Judge Rucker Smith

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 13, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two candidates vying for Superior Court Judge of the Southwestern Judicial Circuit will face off this weekend in a debate.

Judge Rucker Smith has served as the Superior Court Judge for the last 16 years.  He's being challenged by Albany attorney Jimmie Brown.

Both worry voters don't give as much consideration to the Judge's race as they should, but say the judge makes critical decisions that affect people's lives in tremendous ways. 

Judge Smith believes experience is key, but Brown says voters should look at the candidates character and decision making abilities.    

"I've been told I've got the judicial temperament for the job," says Attorney Jimmie Brown, who is running as the challenger.  "I do think it takes a calm person who can sit there and deliberate and patiently listen to evidence and be courteous to all the parties involved and you can't be short fused and be a good judge in my opinion."

"The Superior Court makes the most important judicial decisions that affect people's lives in severe ways," says incumbent Judge Rucker Smith. "Its important that you have a judge who has experience and knowledge and has been in the trenches and has handled these cases on a daily basis and I've been doing this for 27 years and I feel like I've done a good job."

Brown said he would like to start up a drug court in the district.  Judge Smith claims the district's budget can't sustain a drug court that is handled now during the scheduled court sessions. 

Both candidates will face off this Saturday evening in a debate at the Americus American Legion.

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