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Porter endorses incumbent judge in contest

District Attorney Danny Porter is once again throwing his political muscle behind an incumbent.

Porter, who endorsed Chairman Charles Bannister during Bannister's primary bout, this week cast his support for Judge Richard Winegarden.

Winegarden is the only contested judge in the Gwinnett Circuit, facing a challenge from attorney Karen Beyers, but Porter wanted to dispel talk he was supporting Beyers.

"Recent advertising in the Gwinnett Superior Court race appears to be designed to deceptively leave the impression that I am supporting the opponent of Richard Winegarden in this race. Nothing could be further from the truth" said Porter, who is unopposed this election cycle. "I believe that Richard Winegarden is the best candidate in this race and I fully endorse his reelection as a Superior Court Judge."

Pointing to Winegarden's 25 years of experience, Porter said Winegarden is "clearly the better candidate."

"Judge Winegarden's sentences are known to send a message that he is determined to protect the citizens of Gwinnett County," Porter said.

Winegarden also had kind words for the popular district attorney.

"Danny Porter's dedication to his job and his effectiveness in the courtroom is something we can all be proud of. I am honored to have his support for my reelection," Winegarden said.

Another judicial endorsement

Some local legislators are supporting a candidate in the Georgia Court of Appeals race.

State Sen. Michael Meyer von Bremen received the endorsements of Sen. Curt Thompson and Rep. Hugh Floyd, both Democrats from Norcross.

"I am gratified to have the support of Curt Thompson, Hugh Floyd and so many of my legislative colleagues," said Meyer von Bremen, who has been endorsed by 50 current or former Georgia lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle. "These are the people with whom I have worked for the past 10 years, and they all have my utmost respect. Their endorsements of my candidacy for Georgia Court of Appeals are based on my pledge to uphold the rule of law in a fair, impartial and nonpartisan manner."

Meyer von Bremen, a Democrat from Albany, is chairman of the Senate Special Judiciary Committee and previously chaired the Senate Ethics Committee. The lawyer has sponsored and passed numerous ethics laws, tax cuts and anti-crime legislation while serving in the Senate since 1999.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.