Chief magistrate candidates prepare for final vote
by Jason Lowrey
Oct 28, 2012 | 2622 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As Nov. 6 approaches, Republican incumbent Thomas Moseley and Democratic challenger Paul Nally continue to campaign for the position of Bartow County Chief Magistrate. The chief magistrate oversees the magistrate court, which counts the issuance of bonds and warrants among its duties.

Name: Paul L. Nally

Occupation: Retired

City of residence: 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: 67

Website: None

Why did you decide to run for this particular office?

A. As a former judge with a lifetime of admiration for the rule of law, and in the hope of providing absolute transparency to the judicial process in this county, I deemed it time to address the errors and omissions of the past.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?

A. I shall take care that there shall be a return of justice, and not just justice alone, but there shall be even the appearance of justice; and there shall be a comity toward, and due regard for, all of that court’s constitutional superiors, the citizens of this county.

What is the most pressing issue facing the Magistrate Court?

A. Compliance with the rule of law.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

A. Returning the rule of law to that office where it has too long been absent.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

A. When elected, I shall prove to the citizens of Bartow County that no man is above the law, and that the oath of office means more than just “lip” service.

As we approach the final election, what do you want Bartow County residents to know about you and your campaign?

A. When the fruit of the tree of liberty becomes bitter, know that the problem is not found in the lofty branches, rather look to the ground in which the roots abide. We neglect our duty of tending the ground not just to our detriment, but to that of our posterity as well.

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

Website: None

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A: As you are aware, I am the incumbent, but I still feel that the position of chief magistrate is a position that provides many services to the people of Bartow County. I feel that my previous experience as a small business operator, my law degree and my years dealing with the people in my service business made me the best choice.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?

A: There are several projects I hope to proceed with if re-elected. I am currently in the process of updating the electronic warrant system. Also, in cooperation with the sheriff’s department, we are about to install a video bond hearing system.

What is the most pressing issue facing the Magistrate Court?

As a result of the increase in the filing fees for Superior Court several years ago, the caseload in Magistrate has increased tremendously and dealing with that increase with a reduced staff will continue to be a challenge.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

To continue to operate the office in the most efficient manner possible without any reduction in service.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

I believe that my combination of experience, education and training make me the best choice for chief magistrate.

As we approach the final election, what do you want Bartow County residents to know about you and your campaign?

I am an honorably discharged veteran, a former small businessman in this community, a lifelong resident of Bartow County and am proud to have served and continue to serve my fellow citizens.