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Cox challenging Campbell for judge post
by Nicole Dow
April 23, 2014 01:18 PM | 6358 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Tom Campbell
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Thomas Cox
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell’s re-election campaign is being challenged by candidate Thomas Cox in the nonpartisan race in the May 20 election.

Campbell said he is running for re-election to continue his service to Fulton citizens. He said he is the best candidate in the race because he is the most experienced.

The incumbent was appointed by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue to his position in 2004, was elected in 2006 and re-elected four years later. Prior to serving as Superior Court judge, Campbell was a Magistrate Court judge for the city of Mountain Park from 1982 to 1989 and was a Municipal Court judge for the city of Ball Ground from 1988 to 1989. He was a member of the state House of Representatives from 1989 to 2004. 

Campbell also has 40 years of private practice law experience and has served as a member of the North Fulton Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, the Georgia Child Support Commission and the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education.

He said he believes the top three issues facing Fulton’s Superior Court are the growing criminal caseloads, overcrowded jails and the technology for interdepartmental communications in the justice system.

Cox, an attorney who has not previously been elected to a political office, said the top three issues facing the Superior Court, in his opinion, are “ensuring that we are committed to showing compassion to our youth when warranted while simultaneously removing those that victimize communities, making sure that the court system operates effectively and efficiently [and] finally, making sure that the people are involved in the judicial selection process to ensure that the judicial system reflects the diversity of our community.”

He said he is running for Campbell’s seat because residents deserve fair treatment and equal representation.

“It is critical that our citizens are informed and decide who will render judgments that have long-term effects on the people in our communities,” Cox said. “I am the best choice because [of] my 20-plus years of experience at the federal, state and local levels, which has provided me with a unique perspective on legal matters that impact all communities. Our system of justice needs an unbiased, objective approach to the issues that land in our courts. I am also prepared to be an effective judge that reflects the diversity of viewpoints represented in Fulton County.”

In addition to his experience as an attorney, Cox has been a part of various legal organizations including the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association.

Meet the Candidates:

Name, age: Tom Campbell, 73

Occupation: Fulton County Superior Court judge

Education: bachelor’s degree, pre-law, 1962, and juris doctor degree, 1964, both from the University of Georgia

Family: wife Martha, adult daughter Ann and granddaughter Ashley, 18

Campaign website:

Name, age: Thomas A. Cox Jr., did not disclose age

Occupation: attorney

Education: bachelor’s degree, political science, Morehouse College, 1984; juris doctor degree, Boston College Law School, 1987

Family: wife Gwendolyn; children Thomas III and Taylor

Campaign website:

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