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Superior Court Judge Candidates Speak to Voters at Forum

The candidates for Bibb County Superior Court Judge attended a forum with city council and school board candidates Thursday night at Macon City Hall.

Howard Simms, Morris Carr and Jim Barnes are running for the bench.

Simms stepped down as Bibb County District Attorney in June to run for judge. 

He says, his decades of legal experience make him the best candidate.

 "I bring a unique perspective to the bench.  We don't have a state level prosecutor on our bench anymore, we used to have one and we need that prosecutor's perspective now more than ever," says Simms. 

Morris Carr grew up in Macon and attended Mercer Law School  before opening his private practice.

He says the job would involve dealing with a lot of cases involving family issues such as child custody and divorce.

Carr says those are  both issues he has dealt with a lot in his private practice.

 "I am the only candidate who has ever practiced in that area and I have focused my practice for the past 8 years almost exclusively on that area," says Carr. 

Jim Barnes moved to Macon from New Jersey more than twenty years ago. He says he came to law after a career in retail management.

He has been a public defender for eighteen years and says the experience has given him a variety of expertise.

But he says it's his character that sets him apart.

"I have I think an abiding sense of fairness, people who know me know that I do what I say I'm going to do, I'm a man of my word," says Barnes.

 The winner will replace Lamar Sizemore who decided not to seek reelection.







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