J. Wade Padgett has my endorsement for chief magistrate judge of Columbia County.
For the past 10 years, Padgett has served as associate magistrate, having been appointed to that position by Chief Magistrate David Huguenin. Padgett has presided over every type of case that comes before the magistrate court. He understands the day-to-day operations of the magistrate court and plans to maintain the quality of service established under Huguenin's tenure. Additionally, he has a clear vision of what is needed for the future growth and effectiveness of the office.
Wade worked as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's office, operates a law firm specializing in litigation and is a certified mediator in all types of disputes with additional certification in domestic relations actions. He volunteers at his church, coaches for the Columbia County Recrea-tion Department and is an active participant in Leader-ship Augusta. We are fortunate to have someone with Padgett's background and experience willing to serve as chief magistrate.
On a personal note, I was fortunate enough to meet Wade about five years ago when I was in need of a lawyer. We have since become good friends and have coached baseball together. Padgett is a trusted personal adviser. In all of my time with Padgett, I have known him to be a person who epitomizes integrity. In my opinion, a man with integrity acts the same even when no one is watching. Padgett has the courage and compassion that the office of chief magistrate judge of Columbia County requires.
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