Another candidate has announced that he will be seeking to replace Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton when he retires next year. In a press release, Covington attorney, Robert H. Stansfield, announced his candidacy. He joins Monroe attorney Jeffrey Foster who has already announced that he will be seeking to replace Benton’s seat on the bench.
Stansfield has been a practicing attorney for 30 years, representing individuals, families, local, regional and national businesses as well as local government. He has practiced in Covington for the last 23 years.
“I am committed to applying my thirty years of experience to the cases that come before the Newton and Walton County Superior Courts fairly and respectfully, showing neither favor nor bias so that justice under the law may be done,” Stansfield said in the press release.
Stansfield said his law practice has been wide-ranging, and he is regarded as having a broad and deep knowledge of the law. He believes that he can help fill the void in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit with the departure of Samuel Ozburn, Horace Johnson, and Eugene Benton all of whom had substantial experience as practicing lawyers in private practice before taking the bench.
“I am following in the tradition where a lawyer serves the community as Superior Court Judge after having first served the community as an attorney, as well as volunteer,” he said.
Stansfield’s volunteer work includes having worked with the Arts Association-Newton County for nearly 20 years, serving on the Covington Downtown Development Authority helping to promote economic growth in the City of Covington’s downtown district, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Covington Family YMCA for many years. He has served as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Covington for two decades and chairs the club’s scholarship committee helping to select recipients of the club’s six annual college scholarships.
After law school at Emory University and a fellowship in Germany, Stansfield married his wife Pat, who teaches special needs children in the Newton County school system. They have been married for 30 years. They have one daughter who is a graduate of the Newton County school system and is currently a graduate student at Georgia State University. They are active parishioners at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Covington.
Stansfield’s stated aim as a Superior Court Judge is “to hear each case in a fair and respectful manner, to render timely decisions based on the facts and governing law, and to ensure that hearings and trials are conducted according to the law and our constitutions.”