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13-year Superior Court Judge seeking re-election

Friday, March 23, 2012

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Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers, a Democrat, is running for re-election in the upcoming Primary election.

Akers has been in his position for the past 13 years.

"Every day when I put the judicial robe on, I know that what I do and what I decide will impact the lives of many people," he said. "Judicial experience is important in evaluating who is the right person to make tough decisions. I have the judicial experience, the judicial training and the judicial temperament that qualifies me to continue serving this community."

Akers said one of the most rewarding parts of his job is helping coordinate the annual drug education program known as "Red Ribbon Day." More than 500 elementary students meet at the Clay County Courthouse to hear from law enforcement officers, the prosecutor and the two judges.

"I see every day how families in Clay County are affected by drug abuse, and we want to take a proactive position to make students, teachers and parents aware of the trappings of drug abuse we see firsthand in our courts."

Akers is married with four children, and he said he and his wife have been fortunate to raise their children in Clay County.

"As a judge and as a father, I have immersed myself into thousands of hours of community activities interacting with other parents, grandparents, community leaders and students from kindergarten to college level," Akers said. "You have to be a part of the community to know your community, and I am."

Akers shared what he thinks voters should base their decision on.

"Selecting a judge shouldn't be a popularity contest and certainly should not be based on state or national politics," he said. "Selecting a judge should be based upon who you truly believe is the most qualified."