Three local attorneys announced they plan to run for Chief Magistrate of Columbia County.
Chief Magistrate Bobby Christine announced Friday that he won't seek re-election because of a possible activation and overseas deployment this year with the U.S. Army National Guard.
Christopher Hudson announced today that he intends to seek the seat in next year's election.
"As a lifelong Columbia County resident, I understand the importance of this position to the citizens of Columbia County," Hudson wrote in a press release announcing his candidacy. "I feel I am particularly qualified for this position, having managed a diverse legal practice in the areas of insurance, real estate, construction, probate, criminal, and contract law."
Hudson is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law.
Associate Magistrate Jason Troiano announced Wednesday that he also intends to run for the Chief Magistrate seat.
"I look forward to serving the people of Columbia County and continuing a tradition, running a strong Magistrate Court," Troiano said.
Troiano, who was appointed as Associate Magistrate by Christine in May 2009, also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Augusta Judicial Circuit for eight years. The Columbia County native has run a private legal practice since July 2006.
Jason Hasty, of Evans, announced his intention to run for the seat on Monday. He resigned as an assistant public defender in December and filed his intent to run for the seat with the Georgia Secretary of State's office.
"I feel my experience as an attorney, as assistant public defender, and my faith in God will help me make fair and impartial decisions from the bench, and represent our community and the courts with the highest morals and integrity our citizens expect," Hasty said in an email.
Since graduation from Duke University and University of Georgia School of Law, Hasty has served in the Office of Indigent Defense in the Augusta, Cobb and Blue Ridge judicial circuits.
Qualifying for the election will be May 23-25, Columbia County Board of Elections Director Deborah Marshall said.