Candidates vie for Chief Magistrate position
by Jason Lowrey
Jun 16, 2012 | 2400 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Republican Marlon Haney and Democrat Paul Nally are running against incumbent Republican Thomas Moseley for the position of Bartow County Chief Magistrate Judge in the July 31 primary. The chief magistrate oversees the magistrate court, which counts the issuance of bonds and warrants among its duties.

Name: Marlon D. Haney

Occupation: Southern Machine and Fabrication (eight years)

Family: Married to Sheryl Haney; one biological son, one stepson, three step-daughters; parents are Harold and Mamie Jo Roland; siblings are one living sister, local business owner Trisha Murphy, and two half brothers, Jeffery and Robert,

Education: Graduate of Cass High School, 1974

Age: 56

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A: I believe I can bring honesty, fairness, integrity and professionalism to the office of the chief magistrate and the people of Bartow County.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A: I want to provide a people-friendly environment wherein the law is interpreted impartially to all Bartow County citizens.

What is the most pressing issue facing the magistrate court?

A: Currently the operating budget is $635,000 a year, and we are $8,000 over budget. This is primarily due to increased caseloads while the county struggles to balance its overall departmental budget.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

A: In an effort to get the department operations back under budget, it will be my top priority to streamline the department and weed out inefficiencies, thereby speeding up the caseload process. A team effort and team mentality will be required to accomplish this goal. To that end, I will make a concerted effort to familiarize myself with the magistrate court personnel, while also making myself readily available to local citizens, law enforcement and bonding entities.

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

A: As a lifelong resident of Bartow County, and a dedicated conservative Republican, I have a deep desire to serve the wants and needs of the community in a fair and honest way. I've had an inside look at the justice system, having spent the last 33 years as a Bartow County jail minister. In addition, I've seen crime up close and personal, from dealing with the murder of my older sister in 1980, to watching family members and friends who have struggled with substance abuse. I believe my life experience and common sense approach to resolving issues, such as budget overages, will greatly benefit Bartow County. I pledge to apply the law impartially to all citizens, even as I would apply the law to members of my own family.

Name: Thomas E. Moseley

Occupation: Chief Magistrate Judge, Bartow County

City of residence: Cartersville

Family: Wife, Kathryn B. Moseley; three children, Susan Hirsch, Chris Moseley, Tom Moseley

Education and work experience: Lifelong resident of Cartersville; Cartersville Public Schools; associate degree in business from Reinhardt College; law degree from John Marshall Law School; honorably discharged veteran of the U. S. Army; together with my wife and brother-in-law, Scott Templeton, owned and operated T&S Appliance Repair; elected chief magistrate in 1996; attended National Judicial College, 80 hours credit; more than 300 hours of continuing judicial education.

Age: 63

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A. I am seeking re-election.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A: Since taking office I have extended the operating hours of the court in order to allow citizens to be able to attend to some court business without being absent from work. I instituted the policy of holding bond hearings every day except Sunday and Christmas Day instead of the previous policy of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Although the caseload has more than doubled the court still operates with the same number of employees as in 1997.

I introduced the electronic warrant system that allows officers to obtain warrants over the Internet instead of having to actually visit a judge in person every time.

I am in the process of introducing a video first appearance hearing program that will improve the efficiency of that process.

Although our budget was reduced every year since 2007, until this year, we have consistently been able to come in under budget.

As for what I want to accomplish, if re-elected, I would like to continue to serve the people of Bartow County in the best and most efficient manner possible.

What is the most pressing issue facing the magistrate court?

A: To continue to deal with the constantly increasing workload in an efficient manner.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

A: To continue to provide the best possible magistrate court services without any unnecessary increase in cost.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

A: I believe that my combination of education, experience and training make me the best choice to continue as your chief magistrate judge.

Name: Paul L. Nally

Occupation: Retired from Georgia Department of Transportation

City of Residence: Pine Log, Rydal

Family: Nally, Garrison, Barton -- Yes, as in Rep. Joe Barton of the U.S. House for the 6th Congressional District of Texas -- also, Bradford, Smith, Amos and Brooks.

Education and work experience: I graduated Cartersville High, had one year at Reinhardt, but got to making so much money at Lockheed that I didn't figure I needed anything more. I was making $2.22 per hour, had an apartment, a '64 Chevelle, saving $50 a week and tried night school at John Marshall Law School. Also, I served as police chief for the city of White and as judge of the 827th Militia District.

Age: 66

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A: In order to provide at least one public servant willing to comply with the paramount duty of all public officers and employees.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A: Clean up the corruption in this county!

What is the most pressing issue facing the Magistrate Court?

A: Education and workload.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

A. Corruption and education.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

A: I'm not a member of the "Good Ol' Boy and Girl Mutual Admiration Society." Everybody shall stand equally before the bench, irrespective of social standing, size of a bank account or whether represented by counsel.