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Endorsement: Wade Padgett, Chief Magistrate

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2004

Editor:

J. Wade Padgett is ideally suited to be Columbia County s next chief magistrate judge. I have seen Padgett demonstrate several qualities that make this statement true. First, Padgett has experience as an Assistant District Attorney. Second, he is a practicing attorney as well as an associate magistrate judge. Lastly, Padgett is a community leader with a true, demonstrated love for this county.

Padgett spent three years as an assistant district attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit. In this position, he specialized in jury trials and appeals involving violent crimes. During his tenure as ADA, Padgett worked closely with law enforcement agencies and developed a very good working relationship with officers from these agencies. The respect that Padgett has for these officers and the respect that they have for him is still evident. I believe that this shared respect between would prove to be an invaluable asset to Padgett in the position of chief magistrate.

Padgett is a practicing attorney and an Associate Magistrate Judge. He has spent the last 11 years building his law practice. During this time, Padgett has specialized in litigation. More specifically, Padgett has spent these years handling numerous family law and domestic cases. In addition, Padgett has presided over civil and criminal cases in his position as associate magistrate judge. This experience has provided Padgett with the insight necessary to be chief magistrate.

Padgett is also very active in the community. He is the past chairman of Leadership Augusta, coaches recreational sports teams and is an active member of his church. He approaches all endeavors with dedication and loyalty and gives all tasks that he takes on his all. J. Wade Padgett is without question the best candidate for Columbia County s next chief magistrate.

Mike Stanley

Evans



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