Cobb Superior Court candidates raise thousands to reach voters

MDJ Staff    Apr 17, 2016Three local attorneys have raised thousands of dollars in…

Georgia (Apr 19, 2016) — Three local attorneys have raised thousands of dollars in an effort to be elected to a seat on Cobb’s Superior Court bench.

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Chuck Bachman, Kim Childs, and Grady Moore are all vying to replace Judge Adele Grubbs, who is not seeking re-election.

Childs is leading the pack in total fundraising with $124,737, of which $17,426 was raised between Jan. 31 and March 31, according to her financial disclosure reports.

While Childs has raised the most money in the race for the Superior Court seat, her campaign’s Jan. 31 report lists more than $53,000 in loans from her firm, The Childs Law Firm, or from David Childs, according to the disclosure report. After spending a total of $26,403, Childs has $98,334 cash on hand.

Bachman has raised a total of $100,265 for his campaign for Grubbs’ seat. He raised $49,800 this reporting period, including $28,000 he loaned his own campaign, reports show. He spent $14,848 this reporting cycle — $15,096.57 total — and has $85,168 cash on hand….

Dr. Andrew Pieper, associate professor of political science at Kennesaw State University, said the politicization of judicial races is a rising concern in his field, especially because they tend not to attract the same level of public scrutiny as other contests.

“The benefits are that you can have turnover in office if that’s related to popular knowledge … (but) the majority of people have no idea what’s going on” in judicial races, Pieper said. “They are very low participatory elections.”

 


 

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