POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Winegarden launches new judicial campaign

Three years ago, Richard Winegarden lost a re-election bid to keep his Superior Court seat, in a rare contest for a judgeship.

But this week, Winegarden launched a campaign to win a seat on another bench.

Winegarden, who served 21 years in Superior Court, is now seeking the State Court bench being vacated by Robert Mock, who is retiring.

Since he was defeated by Karen Beyers, Winegarden has been practicing law, mostly doing mediations, he said. He served as a State Court judge for four years in the 1980s and said he would like to serve on the lower court, which does not handle divorce or custody cases or felonies.

"I've enjoyed being a servant of the people of Gwinnett County for 25 years, and I look forward to serving them again," Winegarden said.

While contesting a seated judge is rare, the impending retirements of Mock, Superior Court Judge Dawson Jackson and Probate Judge Jim Clarke have brought out a slew of candidates.

In addition to Winegarden, Emily Brantley, Norman Cuadra, Pam Britt and Greg Lundy have announced campaigns for Mock's State Court seat.

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

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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