Gwinnett Election Candidate, Winegarden, drew Huge Support this week from Gwinnett Citizens in his Reelection bid as Superior Court Judge

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To help inform the Gwinnett voters, especially since early voting has already begun, the Ebony Society is hosting a political debate of Gwinnett County candidates. The debate will be held on October 16, 2008 at 7:00 p.m in the auditorium of the Justice and Administration Building. Judge Richard Winegarden will be there to greet his supporters; it is unknown whether his opponent will attend. The debate should be a great opportunity for Gwinnett voters to meet the candidates.

To help inform the Gwinnett voters, especially since early voting has already begun, the Ebony Society is hosting a political debate of Gwinnett County candidates. The debate will be held on October 16, 2008 at 7:00 p.m in the auditorium of the Justice and Administration Building. It is expected to last approximately 1 ½ hours. Judge Winegarden will be there to greet his supporters; it is unknown whether his opponent will attend.    The debate should be a great opportunity for Gwinnett voters to meet the candidates.

Gwinnett County has one contested election for the position of Superior Court Judge this November. The candidates for the position include the incumbent Judge Richard Winegarden and his challenger Karen Beyers.    Judge Winegarden has been a Judge in Gwinnett County for 25 years and has presided over more than 55000 cases. His opponent is a local divorce attorney practicing in Gwinnett County.

A member of the Georgia Bar since 1974, Judge Winegarden has been a fixture in the Gwinnett Judicial system for more than thirty years, and he has served on the bench for more than 20 years. In his tenure serving the citizens of Gwinnett County he has presided over more than 55,000 cases.

Because of his experience and reputation, the Georgia Supreme Court recently overturned a decision of the Georgia Court of Appeals in favor of the legal analysis and ruling by Judge Winegarden. Jenkins v. Blue Moon Cycle Inc., 281 GA 863. In Jenkins, the Georgia Supreme Court stated that the fundamental rules of statutory construction require the court to construe a statute according to its terms, to give words their plain and ordinary meaning, and to avoid a construction that makes some language mere surplusage. A principal of law that Judge Winegarden already knew, understood, and implemented in his decision.

It is surprising to some that Judge Winegarden would be challenged in this election. He is nationally recognized for his reputation of being tough on crime. He has even been endorsed by the District Attorney for Gwinnett County in a statement that praised Judge Winegarden's commitment to Gwinnett County. Several members of the community and local bar have also publically proclaimed their support for the reelection of Judge Winegarden. Kevin J. Pratt, a Gwinnett attorney stated "As a native of Gwinnett, a husband, and a father of two boys, I am particularly pleased with the fact that Judge Winegarden has a reputation of being tough on crime."

National media has recently described Judge Winegarden as "tough as nails." The context of the comments was a situation where a criminal defendant took extreme measures to get a mistrial. Through this report, and to the pride of Gwinnett County, the world was put on notice that the criminal system in Gwinnett County does not tolerate nonsense in the Courtroom, not with Judge Winegarden on the bench. JudgeWinegarden.com

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