2018-02-28 / Front Page

Stewart seeking judgeship

Chip Stewart Chip Stewart Donalsonville attorney Charles “Chip” Stewart Jr. announced his candidacy this week to succeed retiring Judge Joe Bishop on the Superior Court of the Pataula Judicial Circuit.

The nonpartisan election will be held Tuesday, May 22. Advance voting will begin on April 30.

Former District Attorney Craig Earnest was recently appointed by Governor Deal to fill the other Superior Court Judgeship vacated when Thomas H. Baxley retired. Earnest’s term does not expire until Dec. 31, 2020.

The Pataula Judicial Circuit represents the counties of Terrell, Randolph, Quitman, Clay, Early, Miller and Seminole.

“I believe a Superior Court Judge needs personal experience as an attorney handling hearings and jury trials in Superior Court cases to be successful,” Stewart says.

Stewart has worked as a general practice attorney the past 36 years, helping people in Southwest Georgia.

He began his law practice in 1981 with Bill Stone in Blakely and opened his own law office in Donalsonville in 1988. He is a past president of the Pataula Bar Association and a former member of the Seminole County Board of Education.

A native of Donalsonville, Stewart was active in Boy Scouts, achieving the rank Eagle Scout. He is a graduate of Seminole County High, Valdosta State College and the University of Georgia School of Law.

Stewart and his wife Cindy have two daughters, Carol Sheffield and Claire Miller. Carol is married to Amos Sheffield and they are the parents of Jana, Kate and Noah. Claire is married to Adam Miller and they are expecting their first child in April. Chip and his wife are members of First Presbyterian Church of Donalsonville where they are both Elders.

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