I often have skipped over "down the ballot" races in which I did not know much about the offices or the candidates, such as the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Not this year. I have learned that the Georgia Court of Appeals is one of the busiest appellate courts in the nation. I know the leading candidate, David Schaeffer, and his qualifications.
David was born in Augusta, while his father was the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Augusta, S.C. He graduated from Duke University magna cum laude, and from the University of Virginia Law School. Ever since, he has practiced law in the Atlanta area, and has handled virtually every kind of case that comes before the Court of Appeals.
As a community leader he has served as president of the Metro Atlanta Division of the American Heart Association, president of the Atlanta Bar Association -- helping implement the Lawyers Who Serve initiative to encourage pro bono work -- and chairman of the J. Lee Etheredge Trust, which grants scholarships to theology students. He has been active in his church.
The Court of Appeals race is nonpartisan. David Schaeffer is committed to serving as a nonpartisan judge, beholden to no one or group. He is the kind of person we want sitting on the bench in our state. If you would like to know more about him and his candidacy, go to schaefferforcourtofappeals.com.
The Rev. Paulwyn Boliek