Fulton County Courthouse (John Disney/Daily Report)
With 2016 races for judicial positions shaping up around metro Atlanta, another candidate has announced plans to run for an open seat on Fulton County Superior Court.
The newest candidate is Andrew Margolis, a Fulton County Magistrate Court judge and former prosecutor who now has a private practice, Margolis Legal Group. Margolis said he plans to run for the seat now held by Judge Wendy Shoob, who has said she will not seek re-election. Margolis has one announced opponent, Eric Dunaway, DeKalb County chief assistant district attorney.
“I have the dual experience of serving as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney specializing in criminal and family law cases,” Margolis said in his announcement. “It is critical for a judge to be able to be fair to all parties. In order to be fair and arrive at a result that serves justice, a judge must have the ability to see both sides of a case.
“I am the only candidate with experience as a prosecutor who has not spent his whole career looking only at one side of the issue in criminal cases. I will bring my diverse experience to the Fulton County bench and be truly fair to the people on all sides of a case.”
Margolis is a New York native and Brandeis University graduate who moved to Atlanta to attend law school at Emory University. He’s been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 2001. He has worked as a public defender in Fulton County and a prosecutor in Atlanta, Henry County and Whitfield County. As an assistant district attorney in Whitfield, he served as lead drug court prosecutor, where he became a believer in the “effectiveness of treatment courts,” he said.
Two other judges in Fulton County Superior Court have announced they will not seek re-election: Judges T. Jackson Bedford and Bensonetta Lane.
Candidates can officially go on the ballot during qualifying, which opens March 7 and closes March 11. The nonpartisan election is combined with the general election on May 24. The runoff date for nonpartisan elections is July 26.
Here are the candidates who have announced plans to run for Fulton County’s open judicial seats:
Fulton County Superior Court
Judge T. Jackson Bedford’s seat:
• Gabriel “Gabe” Banks
Judge Bensonetta Lane’s seat:
• Sterling Eaves
Judge Wendy Shoob’s seat:
• Eric Dunaway
• Andrew Margolis
Greg Land contributed to this article.