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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Grayson’s Wilkerson, judges honored at Women’s History Month events

Allison Wilkerson

Allison Wilkerson

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During a luncheon this weekend coinciding with Women’s History Month, the Gwinnett League of Women Voters will honor three women appointed to lead Gwinnett’s top courts. The women are State Court Chief Pam South, Magistrate Court Chief Kristina Blum and Superior Court Chief Melodie Snell Conner. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

Amidst all the election news during candidate qualifying, this week includes two events highlighting women in politics.

On Wednesday’s Grayson’s first woman mayor was honored at the Capitol, alongside other women in influential roles.

State Rep. Joyce Chandler, who represent’s the city under the Gold Dome, nominated Allison Wilkerson for the Women’s History Month celebration.

First Lady Sandra Deal spoke to the honored guests and representatives and challenged them to a continued life of service, Chandler said.

She praised Wilkerson as the second generation in her family to take the role as mayor but the first woman.

“I am honored to receive this award from Rep. Chandler,” Wilkerson said. “She is a vital part of our community and a very special lady. To have her recognize my efforts in our community makes this extra special.”

Women judges to be honored

This weekend three Gwinnett judges will be honored during the Gwinnett League of Women Voters’ 2014 National Women’s Gala.

In 2013, the three women were named chief judges of their respective courts: Melodie Snell Conner of Superior Court, Pamela South of State Court and Kristina Blum of Magistrate Court.

The local chapter of the league heralded this as “an achievement for women judicators.”

“We are honored to shine a community light on the careers of these women,” said chapter president Mariela Romero, who said the League believes that a strong justice system is a critical part of the safeguarding democracy. “We are only informing the people of Gwinnett about the paths that they have carved and continue to pave the way for other young women to follow.”

Saturday’s luncheon, which is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Hilton Northeast in Peachtree Corners, is aslo set to coincide with Women’s History Month.

“The chief judges have attained goals that many young women aspire to reach.,” said Penny Poole, a member of the Gwinnett League. “They have lead the way and their example will make it commonplace not the exception to see women sitting in the judges seat.”

Advance tickets, which are $20, can be purchased by calling Romero at 404.921.7295 or emailing her at marielaromerois@gmail.com.

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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