Touts Experience as Trial Court Judge and Civic Leadership “The Right Experience at the Right Time.”
(Covington, GA – October 1, 2019). Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson, currently on the Superior Court bench for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit (serving Newton and Walton Counties), has declared his candidacy for the Georgia Supreme Court seat held by retiring Justice Robert Benham. Johnson confirmed last month that he would not be seeking re-election to his seat on the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, hinting that an announcement on his future plans would be coming soon. He joins Beth Beskin (R-Atlanta), former Rep. John Barrow, D-Georgia, and Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Sara Doyle who had already announced their candidacy for the position on the Georgia Supreme Court.
In a press release announcing his candidacy, it was noted that although he joins the field of three other candidates, Johnson stands alone as the only one who is an experienced trial court judge.
“Experience matters. I understand the challenges facing litigants in the trial court both from the perspective of an attorney practicing in those courts and also as a trial judge dedicated to following the law and treating all parties fairly. I believe Georgians want a Supreme Court justice who understands these perspectives when reviewing the difficult decisions that are often made by trial judges. That is why I am running,” Johnson said.
Johnson is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Georgia School of Law. Outside of his 17-year judicial career, Johnson touts his service to the State of Georgia, his local community, and the legal profession. In the press release, it was noted that his accolades include serving as Chairman (2010) and President (2009) of Leadership Georgia, which engages business and civic leaders across the State to promote community building and economic development. In his active engagement in his local community, it was noted he is the past president of the Arts Association in Newton County, Covington Kiwanis Club, and Newton Mentoring, just to name a few. In 2016, Johnson was elected by his judiciary peers as the first African American President of the Council of Superior Court Judges. He also is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Leader for Professional Excellence from the Daily Report, the 2018 Frederick B. Kerr Service Award from the Leadership Georgia Foundation, and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar of Georgia’s Chief Justice Commission on Professionalism. Johnson also initiated a Veterans’ Treatment Court where prosecutors, defense attorneys, veteran peer mentors, and health care professionals use evidence-based screening and assessments to identify eligible veterans to voluntarily participate in a judicially-supervised treatment plan as an alternative to incarceration. He also presides over a Parental Accountability Court which seeks to promote consistency in child support payments and improved parent/child contact.
“Judge Johnson is exactly what every Georgian should expect from a judge at any level, but especially at our state Supreme Court – fair, experienced, compassionate, in love with the law and determined to get to the right decision. I am proud to Chair this campaign and work to get him elected,” said Larry D.Thompson, former Deputy U.S. Attorney General.