Voters in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties will get a chance to replace a longtime Superior Court judge who decided not to seek re-election.
Two candidates are seeking the seat held by Augusta Judicial Circuit Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet: Richmond County State Court Judge John Flythe and local attorney Evita Paschall. Overstreet, appointed to the Superior Court bench by Gov. Zell Miller in 1991, announced his retirement in January.
Flythe was appointed in August 2010 to the State Court bench by Gov. Sonny Perdue. From 2010 to 2015, he was a member of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.
Before his appointment, Flythe was in private practice from 2002 to 2010 and served as an associate judge on the Grovetown Municipal Court. He started his legal career as an assistant district attorney in 1999.
Flythe, 43, said he had already talked with his wife about his desire to serve on the Superior Court bench when he learned of Overstreet’s retirement. He decided to run that night, Flythe said.
Superior Court will provide the opportunity to preside over a wide variety of cases and experience new challenges, he said.
Flythe has received the support of many local attorneys who have contributed to his $91,488 campaign chest. Paschall has raised $6,400.
Paschall, 64, has practiced law since 1976. She started in the district attorney’s office and served as the city Recorder’s Court judge for two years.
According to Paschall’s LinkedIn profile, she earned her undergraduate degree at Howard University and her law degree at the University of Georgia.
She has served as the Richmond County Magistrate Court prosecutor since November 2012. Four years ago, she unsuccessfully challenged District Attorney Ashley Wright for her post.
Paschall did not respond to messages seeking comment.