LAWRENCEVILLE — Voting for Gwinnett’s next superior court judge turned Tuesday’s election into more of a runaway than a runoff.
With all precincts reporting late Tuesday night, Kathy Schrader had claimed nearly 70 percent of the votes over competitor Tracey Mason Blasi. Schrader had tallied 15,161 of the 21,711 unofficial votes counted. Blasi accounted for just over 30 percent of the votes with a tally of 6,550.
Much like she did in last month’s primary election, Schrader — an experienced attorney and municipal court judge — claimed a major margin of victory.
This time, though, it’s all over.
Schrader, 50, has been an attorney for 25 years, and has also served as a municipal court judge for the cities of Duluth (2005-present) and Sugar Hill (2007-present). Among others, her special appointments include two to the Governor’s Office for Children and Families and another to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.
She has said her primary goal as a superior court judge will be to help create a mental health court in Gwinnett, which would act as an alternative sentencing program for non-violent offenders.
Schrader could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Schrader shredded the competition in the primary with 43 percent of the vote against four other candidates, but couldn’t quite get to the 50 percent mark to avoid a runoff. Blasi got to Tuesday’s runoff by accumulating about 20 percent of the July 31 vote.
Brantley claims State Court judgeship
Emily Brantley trounced competitor Pam Britt in Tuesday’s runoff to earn a judgeship in Gwinnett County’s state court.
With all precincts reporting late Tuesday night, Brantley had accumulated just less than 60 percent of the 21,144 total votes. Britt accumulated 8,537 votes, good enough for slightly more than 40 percent.
Brantley, an attorney and mother of three, said during her campaign that she had more experience than her competitors, and boasted about her placement among the “top 5 percent of female lawyers according to Martindale-Hubbell.”
Brantley could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
She has said her top priority as a state court judge will be to restore the trust of the public.