Update: This number is still unofficial. The number of votes have been updated. It is still unknown if all absentee and provisional ballots have been counted.
With 100 % of the precincts reporting, long-time Alcovy Circuit Judge, prosecutor and private practice attorney Jeff Foster has won the runoff to succeed Judge Eugene M. Benton on the Alcovy Judicial Circuit Court Superior Court. Foster will take the bench when Benton retires at the end of the year. He beat out Covington attorney, Robert H. Stansfield, by taking 8,637 votes or 52.39 % of the 16,487 votes cast. Stansfield got 7,850 votes or 47.61 % of the vote. Neither Foster or Stansfield managed to get 50 percent of the vote in the June election, forcing the runoff this month.
Foster, is the managing member of his own law firm (Foster, Hanks & Ballard, LLC). He has practiced in domestic relations, criminal defense, estate and other civil litigation for the last 17 years and has lived in Monroe for 29 years. He has had offices and practiced law in Covington and Monroe since he began as in intern in August of 1992. Foster also is the current Judge of the Municipal Court of Social Circle, as well as former Associate Walton County Magistrate, Judge of Monroe Municipal Court, Assistant District Attorney and Chief Assistant District Attorney.
In his community work, Foster also spent more than 2 years working with the Community Ministry Village as the Director of Project Jumpstart, an accountability-based assistance, education and counseling program for individuals dealing with chronic housing instability and underemployment. Foster also provided free legal assistance to families in crisis through the Faith & Justice Program. He and his family have been active in foster care, with Foster having incorporated and served as member of the Board of Directors for Uniting Hope for Children, and subsequently he and his wife served as foster parents and adopted their youngest 3 of 7 children.