As Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off Sept. 15-Oct. 15, some observers suggest Georgia doesn’t have much to celebrate when it comes to ‘s Latinx representation on the state’s benches.

“I’ve been the only Hispanic state court judge for the last 10 years,” said Dax Lopez who hung up his robe as DeKalb County State Court Judge on Sept. 1. “I’m working on hopefully convincing the governor’s office to replace me with another Hispanic judge, because I think it’s absolutely necessary to find judges with bicultural and bilingual capabilities, particularly in the job.”