WARNER ROBINS — The incumbent Houston County State Court judge is stepping down, while another candidate has dropped out of the race.
Houston County State Court Judge Bob Richardson said in a news release that he is stepping down after 25 years on the bench.
“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve,” Richardson said in the news release.
While Richardson said he will not seek re-election as full-time State Court judge, he does plan to continue to serve as a senior judge.
Richardson thanked those who have served as jurors over the years and praised his office staff.
Warner Robins Attorney Carl Veline, who had announced his intentions to seek the post, has decided not to run.
“The demands of my private practice presently would not allow me to campaign on a full-time basis,” Veline said. He also thanked supporters.
Houston County District Attorney Jason Ashford is seeking the post, and Warner Robins attorney Charles Bond also is running.
Arthur Creque, assistant solicitor for State Court, also has expressed interest in the post. He also is considering a bid for the Houston County district attorney’s position vacated by Kelly Burke.
Likewise, Fred Graham, a Warner Robins attorney, has expressed interest in both the State Court judge and the DA positions.
Ashford, who was the chief assistant district attorney, moved into that position as a matter of state statute.
George Hartwig, now Houston County chief assistant district attorney, having moved up from his post as senior assistant district attorney, is running for the district attorney post.
Others who have expressed interest in the district attorney post include Warner Robins attorneys Bo Sammons and Rabb Wilkerson. Also, the governor may choose to appoint someone to the position until the general election.
Qualifying for the nonpartisan State Court judge position and the district attorney’s post begins on June 28 and ends on July 2, according to the Houston County Board of Elections and the State of Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office.
The general election is Nov. 2.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.