A slew of incumbents face challengers in local elections
L-R: Judge Courtney Johnson and her opponent Attorney Genet Hopewell at a candidate forum. Photo by Glenn L. Morgan

April 27, 20183min1301
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L-R: Judge Courtney Johnson and her opponent Attorney Genet Hopewell at a candidate forum. Photo by Glenn L. Morgan
L-R: Judge Courtney Johnson and her opponent Attorney Genet Hopewell at a candidate forum. Photo by Glenn L. Morgan

by Valerie J. Morgan

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson is being challenged by long-time Attorney Genet Hopewell in the non-partisan election on May 22.

Johnson is seeking her third term. She was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.  

Hopewell is a partner at Johnson Hopewell Coleman, where DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson is also a partner in the law firm. She has sat as a judge in DeKalb’s recorder’s, magistrate and juvenile courts.

The hotly contested race is one of several local races where DeKalb incumbents are facing challengers including:

DeKalb District 3 Commissioner
Larry Johnson 

DeKalb District 7 Commissioner Gregory Adams 

DeKalb School Board District 2
Board member Marshall Orson

State Sen. Fran Millar, District 40

State Sen. Steve Henson, District 41

State Sen. Gale Davenport,
District 44

State Sen. Tonya Peterson, District 43

State Sen. Gloria Butler, District 55

State Rep. Taylor Bennett, District 80

State Rep. Scott Holcomb, District 81

State Rep. Howard Mosby, District 83

State Rep. Michele Henson,
District 86

State Rep. Earnest “Coach” Williams, District 87

State Rep. Pam Stephenson,
District 90

State Rep. Karen Bennett, District 94

At a recent candidates’ forum, the contest between Hopewell and Judge Johnson got heated.  

Hopewell criticized Judge Johnson for refusing to allow a public defender to take a break during a trial last June, forcing the woman to “pee” on herself. Hopewell said she would bring more fairness and compassion to the bench. The Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission is investigating the incident.

 “There are some of my political opponents who are making allegations against me that are untrue and are false allegations. I have always treated everyone who has appeared before me with fairness, dignity and respect,” said Judge Johnson, who said she hopes she will be judged on record and her experience.  

  The race to fill the seat of retiring Superior Court Judge Dan Coursey has lots of choices. Six candidates are vying for the seat: Tunde Akinyele, Gina Bernard, Roderick Bridges, Kirby Clements Jr., Latisha Dear-Jackson and Nicholas Smith. If no candidate gets a majority of the vote, the runoff will be held on July 24.

 

DeKalb County Sample Ballot:

https://ocgnews.com/dekalb-county-sample-ballot-general-primary-election-may-22-2018/

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One comment

  • S Donovan

    April 29, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Judge Johnson this is a lie – “I have always treated everyone who has appeared before me with fairness, dignity and respect,” said Judge Johnson, who said she hopes she will be judged on record and her experience.

    Judge Johnson – I have personally experienced your lazy rulings and bad mood behavior in court. Your attitude is horrible and your record includes an error in the Burrell Ellis case which cost the taxpayers of Dekalb a lot of money. You should have resigned for that.

    Judge Courtney Johnson is lazy and combative and clearly does not want to do her job. In one case her courtroom was closed and her long time bailiff asked my group of 4-5 people to wait in a conference room behind the courtroom.He must have forgotten about us so when I went to check 15 minutes later court was in session (roll call) and Courtney chastised me for being late.When I tried to politely explain or have the bailiff explain she threatened to rule against my case (multiple witnesses saw this).

    The 2nd issue is Courtney likes to assign opposing counsel legal fees without a proper billing hearing (which is required per GA Law on attorney fees). We are appealing that one but the cost and time is tremendous. Come on Courtney – step down and let someone with a love for the job take your spot.

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