Two candidates announce intent to run for Columbia County chief magistrate

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Two local lawyers announced they plan to run for chief magistrate of Columbia County.

Chief Magistrate Bobby Christine said Friday that he won’t seek re-election because of a possible overseas deployment with the Army National Guard.

Associate Magistrate Jason Troiano said Wednesday that he intends to run for the seat.

“I look forward to serving the people of Columbia County and continuing a tradition, running a strong Magistrate Court,” Troiano said.

Troiano, who was appointed as associate magistrate by Christine in May 2009, also served as an assistant district attorney in the Augusta Judicial Circuit for eight years. The Columbia County native has run a private legal practice since July 2006.

Jason Hasty, of Evans, announced Monday his intention to run for the seat. He resigned as an assistant public defender in December and filed his intent to run for the seat with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

“I feel my experience as an attorney, as assistant public defender, and my faith in God will help me make fair and impartial decisions from the bench and represent our community and the courts with the highest morals and integrity our citizens expect,” Hasty said in an e-mail.

Since graduation from Duke University and Univer­sity of Georgia School of Law, Hasty has served in the Office of Indigent Defense in the Augusta, Cobb and Blue Ridge judicial circuits.

Qualifying for the election will be May 23-25, said Deborah Marshall, the Columbia County Board of Elections director.

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cj52111 01/06/12 - 05:48 pm
Jason Hasty is a good man and

Jason Hasty is a good man and will make a fine Chief Magistrate. I have known him for several years and each case is important to him and he has ..., (are you ready....), a conscience. Best of Luck Mr. Hasty.

Riverman1 01/06/12 - 05:58 pm
After learning of Christine

After learning of Christine and the violation of the judical canons with his open support of Ben Harbin and Scott Dean, along with state forms strangely being changed it's time for a change.

There is too much control by one group. We have Wade Padgett, his wife is now probate court judge and Christine was the person Wade Padgett worked into his old job as chief magistrate.

It's time for sweeping changes in Columbia County and this is one critical place to start.

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