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May 20, 2014

ELECTION UPDATE: Thrower retains state court judge seat

MILLEDGEVILLE — Incumbent Alan Thrower retained the state court judge’s seat in Baldwin County, defeating challenger Carl Cansino.

According to unofficial results Thrower received 54.79 percent of the vote compared to Cansino’s 45.21 percent.

Thrower has served as Baldwin County state court judge for 16 years. This was the first time since his election in 1998 that he has faced a challenger.

"I still had some of my campaign signs from the ‘98 election," he said while he waited for the election results at the courthouse.

He commented that it’s been an interesting three months of campaigning but he always had faith in the voters of Baldwin County.

"Whether they decide to keep me or decide that it’s time for me to go, I’ve always trusted the opinions of the people. They have always been good to me, and that’s something you don’t forget," he said.

Thrower has resided in Baldwin County since 1956. After graduating law school, he returned to Milledgeville and served as the first judicial research assistant/staff attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit under Chief Judge George L. Jackson.  

He started his law practice that’s still standing in 1979. From 1988 through 1998, he was occasionally appointed as Probate Court Judge Pro Hac Vice for mental health hearings at Central State Hospital and acted as Milledgeville Municipal Court judge as well.

The state court incumbent twice earned the honor of District 5 Chairman of the Council of State Court Judges of Georgia.

Georgia currently has 70 state courts with 123 judges. State court judges are elected to four-year terms in county-wide nonpartisan elections.

State court judges hear misdemeanors including traffic violations, issue search and arrest warrants, hold preliminary hearings in criminal cases and try civil matters not reserved exclusively for the superior courts.

The state court judge’s race was the only local race that featured a challenge. School board members Gloria Wicker, District 1, and Wes Cummings, District 5, ran unopposed, as did other candidates. Cummings was initially challenged by Ulysses S. Foston for his school board seat, but Foston later dropped out of the race because he did not reside in District 5.

Of Baldwin County’s 20,341 registered voters, 21.85 percent voted in Tuesday’s election.

 

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