Cobb Superior Court race offers three strong choices
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Voters in the May 20 primaries will also be deciding who will fill a variety of state and county judgeships. Those races are all non-partisan, meaning they are listed on both ballots. And this year, only one such race on the Cobb ballot is a contested one, that for the Superior Court judgeship now held by the soon-to-retire Jim Bodiford.

Three strong candidates are vying for Bodiford’s seat on the bench. In alphabetical order (the same order in which they will appear on the ballot), they are Ann Harris, Juanita Stedman and Nathan Wade.

Ann Harris is the senior assistant Cobb district attorney, having spent the past 19 years prosecuting murder, rape, drug, child abuse and elder abuse cases. She has a finance degree from Auburn and a law degree from Vanderbilt and lives in Smyrna with her husband, Jim.

Juanita Stedman has spent the past 13 years as Cobb Juvenile Court judge, a role in which she regularly also assists on the Superior Court bench. She also presides over the Cobb County Juvenile Drug Court and the Family Dependency Treatment Court. Stedman was a special-ed teacher at Marietta High School before going into the law and also has served on the Marietta School Board. She and her husband, Hugh, have two grown daughters.

Nathan Wade is a partner in the firm of Wade & Bradley, is a pro hac State Court judge, former special assistant attorney general and presently is an associate Municipal Court judge in Marietta. He has a juris doctor degree from the John Marshall School of Law in Atlanta and a B.A. degree in political science and economics from Texas State University. He and his wife, Joycelyn, live in Cobb with their two young children.

All three candidates are “known quantities” to the Cobb courthouse establishment and are very highly regarded. In all honesty, there have been some election cycles when that could not be said about all of the judicial candidates, but it is true this time.

Any of the three would bring experience, insight and skills to the bench, and any of the three would be an asset to that bench and to Cobb.

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